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A group of restaurant and foodservice organizations has signed a letter addressed to Congress this week, asking for the elimination of the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard proposal.

The letter, signed by the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees, the National Chicken Council, the American Meat Institute, the National Restaurant Association, the National Franchisee Association, the International Foodservice Distributors Association and more, reads as follows:

"Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is charged with implementing and administering the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), released its proposal for the amount of biofuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply in 2014. As you may know, the bulk of the RFS mandate is filled by corn ethanol, which now consumes approximately 40 percent of the corn produced in the U.S. annually. Although the EPA is proposing a minor reduction in the overall volume of biofuels required by the mandate, thus deviating slightly from the RFS statute, this reduction will do little to reduce ethanol's share of the annual corn crop and virtually nothing to alleviate the broad economic and environmental damage currently caused by using corn for fuel.

In short, the EPA's proposal is a small step in the right direction―but is clearly insufficient to effectively address this harmful federal policy. Only Congress can solve this problem. We urge you to act now to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the RFS.

There are several bills that have been introduced in both Houses of Congress to achieve this result, and more are on the way. Please support one or more of these bills, today."

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