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·         U.S. EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

·         Trump's EPA unveils plan to pump up ethanol as Big Oil cries foul

·         NFU Applauds Release of E15 Waiver Proposal

 

 

U.S. EPA unveils plan to allow sales of higher-ethanol gasoline

 

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by David Gregorio, Reuters

March 12, 2019

 

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule ending the summertime ban of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, a move requested by President Donald Trump to help corn growers that supply the raw material for the biofuel.

 

“Consistent with President Trump’s direction, EPA is working to propose and finalize these changes by the summer driving season,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a press release. “We will be holding a public hearing at the end of this month to gather important feedback.”

 

The oil industry has repeatedly said the expansion of higher ethanol blends of gasoline is illegal and it will challenge any such rule in court.

 

The rule includes measures to limit...

 

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Trump's EPA unveils plan to pump up ethanol as Big Oil cries foul

 

Humeyra Pamuk & Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters

March 12, 2019

 

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposed rule lifting a summer ban on higher-ethanol blends of gasoline to help farmers, putting the agency on a collision course with Big Oil which has called the move illegal.

 

The proposal to broaden sales of the so-called E15 rule marks the latest flashpoint in an ongoing battle between the corn and oil industries - two crucial constituencies for President Donald Trump - over America’s biofuels policy.

 

Corn farmers support any move by Washington that would expand their sales into the multibillion-gallon biofuel market, but oil companies dislike the competition and refiners say adding ethanol to their fuel costs them a fortune.

 

“Consistent with President Trump’s direction, EPA is working to propose and finalize these changes by the summer driving season,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a press release. “We will be holding a public hearing at the end of this month to gather important feedback.”

 

E15 gasoline contains 15 percent ethanol, versus the 10 percent in most U.S. gasoline.

 

A summertime ban on E15 had been imposed years ago over concerns that it contributes to smog in hot weather, though recent studies have shown its impact on air quality may not be significantly different from that of E10.

 

The biofuel industry welcomed the proposal...

 

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NFU Applauds Release of E15 Waiver Proposal

Farmers Union Stands Ready to See Waiver Through, Work to Expand Use of E30

 

Source: National Farmers Union (NFU)

Mar 12, 2019

 

WASHINGTON - In a move to expand use of higher level blends of ethanol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a proposed rule to allow the year-round sale of E15, or gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. The timing of the proposed rule will hopefully allow EPA to issue a final rule by June 1, the start of the summer driving season. Sales of E15 gasoline are currently prohibited during the summer in many states.

 

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement in response to the release of the proposed rule:

“The move to expanded use of higher level blends of ethanol is absolutely vital at this moment in time. More E15 use means we can begin to dig into our massive oversupply of corn, lifting prices ever so slightly for all commodities. Farmers Union applauds EPA for releasing this proposed rule, and we look forward to helping the agency get this in effect by summertime.

 

“Moving forward, we need to build on this achievement by expanding use of E30 gasoline. The result would be a necessary boon for farm families stuck with low prices in a struggling farm economy and rural communities that are in need of economic rejuvenation. It would also lead to cheaper gasoline prices, better performing engines, and significant climate gains for consumers. NFU urges federal policymakers to remove barriers to higher level blends of ethanol and work to encourage the continued growth of the American biofuels industry.”

 

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About NFU

 

National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.

 

Learn more about us at NFU.org.