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Ethanol industry set to fight EPA on blend rule

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ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — The ethanol industry is prepared for a long fight to keep federal regulators from cutting current levels of biofuels blended into the nation's gas supply.

The annual conference of Iowa ethanol manufacturers and supporters held in Altoona Tuesday would normally be an upbeat event celebrating the past year's victories and planning strategies to expand markets. Instead, the industry is sharply focused on trying to persuade the EPA to reverse plans to reduce ethanol use in gas.

Failing that, ethanol's leading Washington lobbyist, Bob Dinneen, says the issue will end up in the courts. He's the keynote speaker at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, where attendees remain upbeat about the future but see a difficult fight ahead to maintain ethanol's share of the nation's gas supply.

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