Govs. Walz and Noem for support of E30

Source: By Grand Rapids, Minnesota Herald Review • Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Recently, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, the chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, along with South Dakota Gov. and coalition vice chair Kristi Noem, sent a letter to President Trump urging the administration to consider 30 percent ethanol blends, or E30, as a way to reduce toxic aromatics in gasoline.

The two governors cited the Clean Air Act and previous congressional votes as precedents for reducing aromatics. In the years since Congress voted to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce aromatics as much as possible, these compounds are still being used at a high frequency.

“The average gallon of gasoline is composed of nearly 30 percent toxic aromatics in order to increase octane required by today’s engines,” Walz and Noem wrote. “As oil prices have risen, aromatic costs have followed, with consumers paying the price. Aromatics are the most expensive, least energy efficient and most carbon intensive and toxic part of gasoline.

“One practical and cost-effective way to reduce aromatics is to use 30 percent ethanol blends to reduce particulate matter and black carbon emissions by 45 percent, and hydrocarbon pollution by more than 20 percent.”

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) has long supported increased use of homegrown biofuels, including E30, not just for their positive impact on markets for family farmers, but for its benefits to consumers’ health and savings on gasoline. MFU President Gary Wertish was recently appointed by Gov. Walz to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels for the State of Minnesota as part of this advocacy. The grassroots organization thanks Gov. Walz and Gov. Noem for standing up for the benefits of biofuels.

“Renewable fuels such as E30 are good for the whole country, and I’m grateful that the leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition are making that clear to the Trump administration,” President Wertish said. “We are proud to work with Gov. Walz on his Biofuels Council and advocate for this important market that benefits rural and urban people alike.”