SPECIAL REPORT: Fuel ethanol plant emissions emerging as issue in clean fuels debate

Even as Congress moves to mandate the use of ethanol as part of the US clean fuels mix (see related story, p. 20), government agencies and environmental pressure groups are stepping up efforts to curb US fuel ethanol plant emissions.The Department of Justice, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Minnesota earlier this month announced civil settlements with 12 ethanol plants in the state for alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations. The settlements are the first agreements to mandate reductions in air pollution from fuel ethanol producers, US officials said.The week prior to the settlements, the Sierra Club announced its intention to sue two Midwest ethanol producers to force CAA complian...

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