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By South Dakota AgConnection

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has brought together a bipartisan group of six governors to sign on to a letter to President Barack Obama, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing support for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard.

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The EPA recently proposed a rule that would weaken the current RFS.

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined the following governors signed on in support of a strong RFS: Branstad, R-Iowa, Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Gov. Jack Dalrymple, R-N.D., Gov. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., and Gov. Dave Heineman, R-Neb.

In the letter, the governors write, “More than 400,000 Americans depend on renewable fuels for good-paying jobs that support rewarding careers in our states. According to the Renewable Fuels Association and LMC International, 44,500 of these jobs could be lost due to the EPA proposed rule.”

Branstad and other Iowa elected leaders recently requested a hearing in Iowa on the EPA proposal.

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