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EPA Ethanol-Rule Challenge Won’t Be Reconsidered, Judges Say

A federal appeals court refused to reconsider a decision to throw out a lawsuit challenging an Environmental Protection Agency rule that allows higher concentrations of corn-based ethanol in gasoline.

On the losing side were grocery, auto and oil industry trade groups that sued in 2010, saying using more corn-based ethanol in auto fuel would harm engines and push up the price of food and gasoline. Today’s decision upheld a three-judge panel’s ruling in August that said the industries couldn’t show they had suffered specific harm as a result of the EPA’s decision.