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EPA secures summer access to e15 ethanol blends

EPA secures summer access to e15 ethanol blends

By Scout Nelson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a significant decision to use its authority to ensure drivers maintain access to E15—a higher ethanol blend—throughout the summer months. This move is welcomed by ethanol producers and corn growers, notably benefiting the agriculture sector and consumers by maintaining lower fuel prices and reducing emissions.

EPA Administrator Regan, with support from the President and congressional allies, has enabled this waiver under the Clean Air Act. This decision directly affects rural economies by supporting farmers and providing cost savings at the pump during peak travel times.

Harold Wolle, President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), highlighted the economic benefits for rural America and consumers alike. Additionally, Andrew Mauch of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association emphasized the ongoing efforts to secure a permanent, nationwide policy for year-round E15 access.

The waiver has been crucial in states like North Dakota, where energy independence and supporting the local agriculture economy are vital. According to Tracey Olson of the North Dakota Ethanol Producers Association, this step not only benefits consumers by providing more affordable and cleaner fuel options but also supports local agriculture and reduces environmental impact.

Disruptions such as the war in Ukraine and inflation have heightened concerns over energy security and fuel prices, making this waiver especially pertinent. The availability of E15 during the summer promises to alleviate some of these pressures by providing a more sustainable and domestically supported fuel alternative.

As discussions continue, NCGA and its partners are advocating for federal legislation to ensure E15 remains accessible year-round, thereby removing uncertainties and fostering a stable market for biofuels.

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