Democrat U.S.Senator Kay Hagan of NC is among the leaders of a bi-partisan group asking the EPA to relax renewable fuel standards involving corn because of the record drought.
In a letter to the EPA Tuesday, lawmakers requested the agency adjust the corn-ethanol mandate in the renewable fuel standard.
Corn supplies are shrinking causing prices to spike. Hagan says an adjustment to the corn-ethanol mandate will provide relief from an emergency that is harming North Carolina's poultry and livestock producers as well as consumer prices.
Hagan also said she supports the standards but that the EPA should adjust the mandate to reflect new market conditions.