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Bid to End Ethanol Mandate Seen Diluted by Renewable Change

Corn ethanol producers say a pledge by U.S. regulators to lower the level of renewable fuel use required next year may deflate a well-funded oil industry effort aimed at persuading Congress to repeal the mandate.

Ethanol supporters say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed it can adjust to market needs with its Aug. 6 announcement that it will lower an 18.15 billion-gallon mandate for 2014 because demand for gasoline has lagged expected levels. That could slow momentum building in Congress for tougher action, they say.