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EPA approves E15 registrations

The Environmental Protection Agency today approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15.

“This is the most significant development in a three year effort to approve sale of the mid-level ethanol blend, and it follows EPA's approval of health effects testing of the fuel in February,” Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association said in a joint statement.

“Today’s action follows an extensive technical review required by law,” EPA said in a news release. “Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. Before it can be sold, manufacturers must first take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements. EPA is not requiring the use or sale of E15.”

“These first approvals are a clear indication that fuel producers understand that America’s motorists want a choice when they fill their gas tanks,” Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said in a news release. “The industry also knows that higher biofuel blends are good for their bottom line, will support rural economies, and hold down fuel costs overall while giving consumers greater access to renewable, homegrown fuel."

Ethanol lobbyists said the decision would hasten the day when E15 would be available to consumers.
Tom Buis

Tom Buis
“This announcement strengthens the ethanol industry’s efforts to innovate and continue to deliver domestically-produced and affordable alternatives to foreign oil,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.

“With ethanol selling an average of a dollar a gallon cheaper than gasoline and $4 a gallon gasoline on the horizon, we’d encourage all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they will see more-affordable E15.”
Bob Dinneen

Bob Dinneen

“States in the Midwest have begun to address their regulatory requirements, and perhaps as early as summer we could see E15 at fuel stations in the heartland of America,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association.

“The future for consumers, ethanol producers and this country has just gotten a little brighter, a little stronger.”