WBIA Praises EPA for Approving E15 Blends
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/20/2012
The leader of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval for retailers to start selling E15 ethanol blended fuel is a victory for consumers. Joshua Morby notes that the decision addressed the final, significant regulatory hurdle preventing consumers with passenger
vehicles model 2001 and newer from selecting E15 as a fuel option.
"Approving the use of E15 will reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil and increase our use of domestically produced, renewable fuel alternatives," Morby said.
The EPA has been working with a variety of ethanol groups to meet all the conditions necessary to appropriately and legally offer E15 to consumers at the pump.
Morby claims that during the past few years, multiple studies have been done to examine the effects of E15 on engines.
"Among those studies is one conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy that concluded there were no significant changes in vehicle drivability when E15 was used instead of traditional gasoline," he said.
The WBIA is made up of businesses, environmental groups and organizations that support the bio industry in Wisconsin.