NAFB News Service
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it will use existing authority to prevent drivers from losing access to lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a higher ethanol blend often marketed as Unleaded 88.
“We appreciate Administrator Regan’s timely action to prevent a disruption in E15 availability,” National Corn Growers Association President Tom Haag said. “EPA’s action will help address the fuel supply constraints and ensure drivers continue to have access to a lower-cost fuel choice that cuts emissions.”
The fuel conditions that warranted EPA taking the same successful step last year are continuing today. Haag says the nation’s corn growers are proud to contribute to an energy and environmental solution that saves consumers money at the pump. Continued access to E15 during the summer months will help relieve ongoing energy supply pressures.
When EPA took a similar action last year, drivers saved nearly a dollar per gallon in some locations.
Reaction from some of America’s leading ag and renewable fuel organizations has been positive.
“U.S. gas inventories are even tighter than they were last year, and the war in Ukraine continues wreaking havoc on global fuel supplies,” said Geoff Cooper, President and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. “We thank the EPA for taking this step.”
Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, added, “This is a win for drivers across the nation, who can rest easier knowing they’ll have access to savings on lower-carbon E15 this summer.”
The news also was welcomed by ag advocacy groups such as the National Farmers Union.
“Today’s announcement from EPA is good news for farmers and consumers heading into the summer travel season,” NFU President Rob Larew said. “Drivers will see increased choice and competition while farmers will see more opportunities for their bottom line.”