EPA Ag Adviser Tells Ethanol Producers Agency Working With States to Restore E15

By Todd Neeley, DTN Staff Reporter

LAVISTA, Neb. (DTN) — With the start of the summer driving season fast approaching and year-round E15 sales no longer an option, EPA’s Rod Snyder said on Thursday the agency continues to work to restore those sales.

Snyder, who is the ag adviser to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and a keynote speaker at the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Emerging Issues forum in LaVista, Nebraska, told an audience of ethanol producers and farmers the agency was keenly aware the summer driving season starts on June 1.

Because of a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year, year-round E15 sales in all areas of the country ended. The court ruled the agency’s action completed during the Trump administration was unlawful.

“In light of the court’s action, we understand that there’s tremendous interest in what else EPA can do to provide more uniform access to E15,” Snyder said.

“We share that interest. While we’re still early in the process, I want you to know one area in particular in which we are already spending time … the Clean Air Act provides a mechanism for federal action to provide a parity between E15 and E10 with respect to volatility on a state-by-state basis.”

Snyder said EPA is working with several states, looking at how the law could be used to restore year-round sales at least for 2022.

Read more from our partners at DTN/Progressive Farmer here: https://www.mydtn.com/agriculture/web/ag/news/article/2022/03/24/epa-ag-adviser-tells-ethanol-agency

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