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EPA Approves Year-Round Sale of E15 Ethanol
USAgNet - 06/03/2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the year-round sale of a higher blend of ethanol, marking what biofuels and agriculture representatives call a major win for the nation's corn farmers and ethanol producers.

But while Friday's EPA decision to end the summer ban on the sale of E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline often marketed at the pump as Unleaded 88, comes one day before the start of summer driving season, the effects are expected to be gradual.

What's more, some fuel retailers could have to shell out big bucks before they can even offer E15 at the pump.

The elimination of the ban on E15 summertime sales prompted praise from Iowa lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, as well as Democrat House members Dave Loebsack and Abby Finkenauer.

Industry officials anticipate year-round E15 sales to boost the growth of compatible pumps across the state.

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