E-15 BLEND APPROVED BY EPA

SIOUXLAND—THE U-S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WEDNESDAY APPROVED A REQUEST TO INCREASE THE BLEND OF ETHANOL IN UNLEADED GAS FROM 10 TO 15 PERCENT.

HOWEVER, E-15 WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED FOR USE IN VEHICLES OF MODEL YEAR 2007 AND NEWER.

FORMER IOWA CONGRESSMAN JIM NUSSLE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR GROWTH ENERGY, A COALITION OF ETHANOL PRODUCERS IN IOWA AND OTHER STATES.

HE CALLS THE EPA DECISION A GOOD FIRST STEP.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MANDATED THAT MORE RENEWABLE FUELS LIKE ETHANOL BE USED IN THE COMING YEARS.

LAST YEAR, THE REQUIREMENT WAS 10-POINT-5 BILLION GALLONS.

NEXT YEAR, IT’LL BE 12-BILLION AND 15-BILLION BY 2015.

NUSSLE SAYS THE E-15 DECISION WILL HELP THE U-S IN TERMS OF ENERGY USE AND JOB CREATION.

ACCORDING TO GROWTH ENERGY, THE MOVE TO E-15 WILL ADD AN ESTIMATED SEVEN BILLION GALLONS OF DEMAND FOR CORN-BASED ETHANOL.

MANY ETHANOL SUPPORTERS ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE EPA LIMIT ON 2007 OR NEWER VEHICLES, BUT NUSSLE SAYS IT’LL STILL HAVE A BIG IMPACT.

EPA OFFICIALS INDICATED A DECISION ON ALLOWING E-15 IN VEHICLES OF MODEL YEAR 2001 AND 2006 IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

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