The EPA is changing the amount of ethanol that can be blended in our gasoline in 2014. The state of Iowa would be greatly affected by the change and Representative and House Minority Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown says he’s disappointed.
"We have shown the value of renewable fuels and ethanol in this state."
He says those working at the capitol are making it known that they are no happy about the decision as well.
"This last week," Rep. Smith says," the legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of renewable fuels because they are so important to our economy, and so important to our environment."
Iowa Representative Bruce Braley ( IA-1 ) has previously spoken on the topic and says he has made contact with people at the EPA.
"We've had meetings, we've had sit down meetings, with the EPA Administrator," Rep. Braley commented," and expressed in very clear terms, not only the economic implications for Iowa if this renewable fuel standard is reduced, but also, the harm to innovation for new methods of energy production that's being generated right here in Iowa."
And in those meeting he says he has informed them of the problems this change could bring.
"All of that innovation is going to be stymied if we roll back the incentives for renewable fuels in this country."
There is a currently a public comment period taking place through the EPA at this time. You can leave your opinion with Representative Braley on his website
. The window closes on January 28th.
--By 1230 KFJB Reporter Katherine Fritcke