Sen. Klobuchard confident E15 will remain available this summer and beyond

Source: By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield • Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is confident E15 will remain a summertime choice at the pump despite last week’s court decision striking down the 2019 rule that allowed for year-round sales of fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol.

“The ethanol groups are going to ask for that (decision) to be stayed so it doesn’t take effect right away. Right now there’s a 45-day period anyway (because) it’s not the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s the Court of Appeals.”

Prior to the Reid Vapor Pressure waiver, E15 sales were prohibited between June and September.

Klobuchar tells Brownfield she’s working on a bill that would require E15 be sold year-round.

“That would be a really good way to get at that. And given that we now have a 3-year track record where it worked, we have a good argument to make and a bunch of moving bills to put it on.”

She suggests the circuit court decision is not a disaster for E15 because the judges found that EPA just needs to better support its RVP waiver authority.

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