Grassley says Midwest-only boost for E15 falls short

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said a move by Midwest governors to make higher-ethanol fuel available year-round in their states isn’t the national solution he’s seeking.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).Francis Chung/E&E News

A move by eight Midwest states to lift summer restrictions on the sale of higher-ethanol fuel isn’t quite good enough for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Grassley, the Senate’s leading advocate for biofuels, told reporters yesterday he’s still looking for a national solution to let gas stations sell E15 year-round, which he and other advocates say would be cheaper for motorists and support farmers who provide ethanol’s raw ingredient, corn.

“It ought to be good nationwide,” Grassley said of whatever rules can be written to lift the federal restrictions, which are related to air pollution standards that the biofuel industry says don’t apply to E15 any more than to E10 fuel that’s already sold year-round.