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Icon for The Hill: Ethanol mandate: Going up?

The Hill: Ethanol mandate: Going up?

“We were all making the case that the preliminary RFS rule put out by the EPA is unacceptable,” Franken said on a call with reporters after the meeting with Podesta.

A main point of contention is the biodiesel levels set in the EPA’s proposal. The EPA kept 2013 levels in place for the biodiesel blend requirement, but senators like Franken, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) want the threshold to be raised.

The agency set biodiesel at 1.28 billion gallons, but the industry and lawmakers want the EPA to set the blend volume at 1.8 billion gallons in the final 2014 rule.

Icon for Star Tribune: Insurers to pay premium refunds

Star Tribune: Insurers to pay premium refunds

Insurers will refund about $330 million in premiums to 6.8 million consumers across the country in the coming weeks as a result of the Affordable Care Act. About $523,000 of that will funnel into Minnesota businesses, according to federal data to be released Thursday.

The payments come as insurance companies comply with a provision of the federal health law that requires them to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar on medical care. If marketing or other administrative costs eat up a larger share of premiums, insurers have to give consumers some of their money back.

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