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NW Iowa ethanol plant will halt production following refinery exemptions

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV) – A northwest Iowa ethanol plant will halt production because of exemptions the Trump administration granted to dozens of oil refineries so they don’t have to blend ethanol into their gasoline.

In a letter, the board of directors of the Siouxland Energy Cooperative says it will idle production at its ethanol plant in Sioux Center, Iowa. Board President Kelly Nieuwenhuis said, “the Administration’s actions unfairly benefit the oil industry at the expense of our local farmers and, if not addressed soon, will impact the livelihoods of many. We look forward to the Administration properly addressing these issues, so that Siouxland Energy can resume ethanol production and its purchase of corn from local farmers, and generally contribute to the local and global economy.

The board says the exemptions granted by the Trump administration undermined the Renewable Fuel Standard, and reduced ethanol demand by 4-billion gallons.

Matt Breen

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