Midwestern lawmakers press White House to allow year-round E15 fuel

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, December 18, 2023


A bipartisan group of lawmakers from corn-belt states is pressing the White House to ensure EPA swiftly approves petitions by Midwestern governors to allow sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15) year-round in their states, after the agency told a federal court it now needs until March to finalize its approval, just ahead of the summer driving season.

In their Dec. 14 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, lawmakers say that under the Clean Air Act, “this rulemaking should have been completed in July 2022 and unfortunately, we still have no regulatory certainty for our fuel retailers, fuel blenders, or biofuel producers more than 16 months later.” Signatories include Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Deb Fischer (R-IA), Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and 14 House members led by Reps. Brad Finstad (R-MN) and Nikki Budzinski (D-IL).