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FILE PHOTO: A Chevron gas station sign is shown in Cardiff, California, in this January 25, 2016 photo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from the country’s biofuel laws for its Utah plant earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the company’s operations.

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Chevron, which reported a net income of $9.2 billion in 2017, becomes the largest known company to be awarded a hardship waiver from the EPA. The waivers, which have grown significantly under the Trump administration, have angered corn-belt farmers who say it hurts demand for ethanol and other biofuels.

Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw and Chris Prentice

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