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Listen: US shutdown threatens Trump’s ethanol promise

The US Environmental Protection Agency is running out of time to deliver on President Donald Trump's promise to approve 15% ethanol blends by this summer's driving season.

US Senator Mike Rounds, Republican-South Dakota, joined Capitol Crude to tell us why this is such a big issue for Midwest farmers and ethanol makers.

We asked him about his concerns that EPA is shrinking the annual biofuel mandate by granting hardship waivers to small refineries. He also talked about the risks for conventional ethanol as the Renewable Fuel Standard approaches 2022.

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