Bicameral lawmakers press OMB to finalize E15 rule

The Biden administration is being pressed by lawmakers to finalize a rule that would allow year-round E15 sales in eight Midwestern states.

A bipartisan and bicameral group sent a follow-up letter urging EPA and the Office of Management and Budget to implement their outstanding regulatory action to remove barriers to E15 sales between June and September.

Minnesota Congressman Brad Finstad is part of the group and tells Brownfield the administration needs to take an America-first approach to energy.

“That includes ethanol and biodiesel, renewable fuels. Making sure we have more access (and) to be leaders in production of those renewable fuels, so year-round E15 waivers, things like that, making sure that the common sense is incorporated into our energy policies.”

He says the letter comes 300 days after an initial request to EPA and OMB to lift restrictions on E15 in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Joining Finstad are Illinois Congresswoman Nikki Budzinksi, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin.

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