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      Pryor, Boozman decry EPA ethanol ruling

      LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman are critical of the federal government's denial of a waiver on ethanol production.

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday turned down a request by Gov. Mike Beebe and several other governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

      Boozman, a Republican, says 40% of the nation's corn crop goes to ethanol production and sustaining that level will only drive up prices.

      Pryor, a Democrat, says the drought further tightened corn supplies and that the government's failure to grant the waiver will hurt livestock and poultry producers because feed costs will be higher.

      Boozman says the request for the waiver had bipartisan support in Washington, D.C.

      Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin also criticized the ruling, saying the EPA is hurting the economy.

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