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Wildlife group sues EPA over RFS

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is suing the EPA over the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)—action that the wildlife group calls “a bid to protect America’s vanishing grasslands.”

The NWF lawsuit argues that the EPA is “ignoring laws to protect the fragile ecosystem from harmful and unnecessary agricultural production.”  It claims the RFS actually encourages ag producers to destroy grasslands for biofuels production.

In the words of Julie Sibbing, director of agriculture programs for the NWF, “Plowing up our nation’s last remnants of native grasslands to grow more corn for ethanol is like burning the Mona Lisa for firewood.”

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