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Rounds critical of EPA delay on ethanol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Gov. Mike Rounds on Wednesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for delaying a decision on whether to allow a 15 percent ethanol blend in gasoline.

He says the federal government promotes the use of renewable fuels but then puts off the ethanol decision until later this year. The governor says that kind of delay in an important decision is "ridiculous."

Rounds says a 15 percent blend would mean an expanding market for ethanol.

The comments came as the governor opened a conference examining how technology and innovation can grow the agriculture economy in South Dakota.

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