EPA seeks more time on E15 rule

Source: By Politico • Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2023

The Biden administration is asking a federal court to give it until next March to finalize a rule allowing eight Midwestern states to sell gasoline blends containing 15 percent ethanol throughout the year.

EPA first proposed allowing the year-round sale of so-called E15 in several Midwest states in March, marking a major win for the ethanol industry that fought for the action. But the administration has yet to finalize the rule — prompting the governors of Iowa and Nebraska to sue EPA over its failure to act, even as some in the oil industry have warned that proceeding would lead to higher fuel prices and disruptions in gasoline supply. Geoff Cooper, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, said in a statement that he sees “absolutely no reason” for the court to give the agency the additional four months. “We are hopeful that the Court will view the administration’s proposed timeline as unreasonable and compel EPA to finalize the rule before the end of this year,” he said.