Marshall: Kansas Welcomes EPA Ethanol Proposal
Washington D.C.- This week Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Wheeler signed a proposed rule that would pave the way for the sale and use of E15 ethanol blends year-round. This is excellent news for the ten ethanol plants across Kansas, along with the grain producers and American consumers who will benefit from the cleaner, higher octane, and lower cost fuel blend.
“I am thrilled to see the EPA’s new rule embrace renewable biofuels and allow for the year-round sales of ethanol blends. The sale of E15 is vital to our farmers, ethanol producers, and rural communities throughout Kansas. This is fantastic news,” Rep. Marshall said. “Washington shouldn’t be picking winner and losers in the fuel industry. Restraining and limiting choices for consumers at the pump is not right. People want year-round access to their choice of high-quality fuels.”
This proposal would end the nearly 30-year rule that arbitrarily restricts the sale of E-15 from June to September. E15 gasoline is approved for use in all vehicles made since 2001. Which today, makes up 90-percent of the cars on the road.
“It’s good news for growers to see EPA moving forward on this proposed rule for year-round E15,”Kansas Corn Growers Association President Steve Rome said. “We’ve been working with National Corn Growers and our ethanol friends to move this rule forward to remove the outdated limitations on E15 fuel before the summer driving season begins. The RVP rule has been an unnecessary barrier to offering more fuel choices for consumers.”
Kansas ethanol plants produce nearly half a billion gallons of ethanol a year and creates more than 700 jobs at these plants. Ethanol production also indirectly supports more than 4,000 jobs across the state.
“This is a great, positive, major step to fulfill the President’s promise of year around E-15 sales. We applaud this action and urge continued momentum,” Renew Kansas leaders said in support of the announcement.