Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the EPA released new rules that will allow for the year-round sale of gasoline mixed with E-15.
“I am pleased that E-15 will now be available to consumers year-round. It is unfortunate that it has taken this long, but this rule will finally remove this unnecessary barrier to expanding the use of renewable fuels in time for this summer driving season. Allowing the sale of E-15 during the summer months will give consumers a lower-cost, clean burning fuel option at the pump during the busiest travel season of the year. I am also pleased to see that many of the proposals that would have had a negative impact on RIN prices and ethanol demand have been removed.
“However, for the RFS to truly remain strong, the EPA must act to curb the excessive use of Small Refinery Exemptions for some of the largest, most profitable oil companies. If the SREs are not used for their congressionally intended purpose, it will undermine all the work done to build and strengthen the RFS. I will continue to fight to expand the use of ethanol, which is a homegrown renewable energy source that supports millions of jobs in communities across Iowa and throughout the country.”
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