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Published October 13, 2010, 04:40 PM

ND Ethanol Industry Reacts to EPA Ruling

North Dakota's ethanol industry says it supports the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of a higher concentration of ethanol in gasoline for newer cars.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's ethanol industry says it supports the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of a higher concentration of ethanol in gasoline for newer cars.

But the North Dakota Ethanol Council and the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association say the industry has concerns that the move doesn't go far enough.

The current maximum blend is 10 percent. The EPA announced Wednesday that mixtures with up to 15 percent of the corn-based fuel will be approved for vehicles manufactured since 2007.

The North Dakota groups advocate approval for all vehicles. They say limiting approval to only vehicles made since 2007 is unlikely to have an immediate or significant impact on the market and will lead to consumer confusion.

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