Two Minnesota lawmakers, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, are cautiously optimistic about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allowing E15 biofuel to be sold all year long.
Peterson said, “I applaud the EPA’s release of this proposed rule. It is long overdue and the result of much hard work on the part of U.S. farmers, the ethanol industry, and the Congressional Biofuels Caucus…. I encourage the Administration to consider all options to advance the viability of our domestic biofuels industry, including a more efficient pathway process at EPA and ensuring access for biofuels in export markets.”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar said, “Allowing for the year-round sale of E15 will give us cleaner, more affordable fuel choices…. However, the rule also proposes changes to the trading market and credits used to track compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard. If it is determined that these provisions will delay or restrict E15 from getting to the market, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that those policies don’t harm consumers.”
Under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard, oil refiners are required to blend increasing volumes of biofuels like ethanol into their diesel and gasoline each year, or purchase the credits from those that do.