Ethanol Leaders Growing Concerned Gov’t Shutdown Could Delay E15 Rules

Statewide Iowa — (RI) —┬áSome ethanol industry leaders are growing concerned the federal government shutdown could delay implementation of a rule change to allow year-round sales of E15.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced last year it would have the rule ready for release in February and approve it in time for summer sales of E15. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper says the shutdown is complicating the matter.

Current Clean Air Act rules prevent the sale of E15 in much of the country from June 1 to September 15. Cooper says he’s still confident the EPA will clear the way for year-round E15 sales before June.

In October, President Trump traveled to Council Bluffs to announce he directed the EPA to make E15 available all year. Iowa is the nation’s top producer of ethanol, creating roughly 30-percent of the corn-based fuel additive used in the U.S.

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