Midwestern states press officials to quickly approve pending E15 petitions

Source: By Stuart Parker, Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2023


A bipartisan group of seven attorneys general from Midwestern states is pressing EPA and the White House to quickly approve petitions from states that would allow summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel (E15), a move that would please biofuels groups but frustrate refiners, who warn that it would fragment the fuels market, raising prices.

“It’s been nine months since a group of eight Midwest governors petitioned the Biden administration to ensure lower-cost, lower-carbon E15 would be available year-round in their states. By law, the governors’ petition should have been approved by the administration 90 days after it was received, but that never happened. “Now, with the 2023 summer driving season just around the corner, these states are tired of waiting. It’s past time for the White House and EPA to follow through on the governors’ petition, and we applaud these attorneys general for their efforts to break the logjam,” Cooper said.