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FARM BUREAUS URGE ACTION ON ETHANOL

 FARM BUREAUS URGE ACTION ON ETHANOL
 BLOOMINGTON, Ill., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Presidents of 12 Midwest


Farm Bureaus yesterday called on President George Bush and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator William Reilly to publicly voice their support for ethanol, ethanol-derived products and the nation's corn producers in pending regulations of the Clean Air Act.
 In a statement released April 2, the Farm Bureau presidents said, "White House staff continue to state that President Bush and the administration remain firm in their commitment to ethanol and ethanol- derived products.
 "It is time for President Bush and EPA administrator Reilly to speak for themselves and clearly state their support for these products in the regulations implementing the Clean Air Act."
 Amendments to the Clean Air Act were passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last year. The legislation provides that the nation's smoggiest cities provide oxygenated fuels in order to cut auto emissions which have been shown to pollute the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently drafting the regulations for the amendments to the act.
 The Farm Bureau presidents noted that when the amendments were passed, the intent of Congress and President Bush was to include corn- based ethanol as an oxygenate for use in fuels.
 "We believe Congress and President Bush intended for ethanol to be included in the new clean air regulations," the presidents said. "But from what we have been hearing is occurring at EPA, it appears those intentions are not being carried out," the presidents said.
 Reports from EPA indicate rules to implement the Clean Air Act, which are to be published in the Federal Register, reportedly do not include ethanol. Officials of the National Corn Growers and Renewable Fuels Association estimate if ethanol is included in pending clean air regulations, demand for the product could increase in the near term by 500 million to 600 million gallons. If ethanol is left out of the pending regulations, potential demand could be cut to about 250 million to 300 million gallons, the organizations estimate.
 Rumors of the changes have started to trickle into other areas. Leading ethanol producers have announced they will scrap plans to expand ethanol production. But the presidents told President Bush and Reilly that ethanol is not just a corn issue. "It is becoming an economic issue, too. About 1,500 people in two states lost their jobs due to cancelled expansion plans by leading ethanol producers. And that number may grow as the impact ripples into other related industries," the presidents said.
 "Ethanol is a vital industry and the potential for significant losses -- in corn production, farm income and jobs -- is great," the presidents added. "President Bush and EPA administrator William Reilly should publicly state their support for ethanol and ethanol-based products, and make sure ethanol is a part of the new regulations of the Clean Air Act as we believe Bush and Congress intended it to be."
 The 12 Farm Bureau presidents making this statement are: John White, Illinois; Harry L. Pearson, Indiana; Merlin D. Plagge, Iowa; Doyle D. Rahjes, Kansas; John G. Laurie, Michigan; Al Christopherson, Minnesota; Donald Fischer, Missouri; Bryce P. Neidig, Nebraska; Howard Schmid, North Dakota; C. Ray Noecker, Ohio; Richard Ekstrum, South Dakota; and Howard D. Poulson, Wisconsin.
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