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Rep. Welch: Progress being made on ethanol reform

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is working to lower the amounts of corn-based ethanol in gasoline. Welch says the policy is driving up food costs and ethanol also has other drawbacks.

"This is not an issue about renewable fuel standard, it's about the corn-based ethanol that is causing all the problems," said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont.

The congressman spoke at an engine repair shop in Colchester where there has been an increase in engine repairs due to the damaging effects ethanol has had on machinery.

"It's costing consumers a lot of money if they don't do a real high level of maintenance on their power products these days," shop owner Adam Porter said.

With shop workers showing their support, Welch provided updates on the progress of his effort to reform the federal ethanol mandate.

"We're making progress. I mean number one we actually did get rid of the subsidy, the taxpayer subsidy of 45 cents a gallon; we got rid of that. Doing anything like that in Congress is an uphill battle, but we were successful," Welch said.

That may be gone, but you are still being required to buy more ethanol. Welch says the bipartisan legislation against the ethanol mandate would limit the amount of ethanol in gasoline at 10 percent before the limit is increased by the EPA to 15 percent.

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