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EPA to finalize rule for summertime sales of E15 this fall

The EPA is expected to finalize a rule that would allow some Midwestern states to sell summertime sales of E15 ahead of the 2023 driving season.

Governors of eight states petitioned EPA to lift the ban on E15 sales and Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts says the agency has responded. “We’re really interested in what the rule-making will be.  It’s supposed to come out in November.”

He tells Brownfield expanding the use of biofuels during the peak driving season could significantly impact corn farmers and consumers. “We’re hopeful that they’re going to (say) “hey, this makes sense.” There’s no science supporting not having E15 during the summer months.  This is something that will make sure consumers have access to a great product.  It will help them save money at the pump, clean up our atmosphere and reduce emissions and it’s great for our farmers and ranchers.”

The governors that signed onto the letter include: Kim Reynolds, Iowa; Pete Ricketts, Nebraska; JB Pritzker, Illinois; Laura Kelly, Kansas; Tim Walz, Minnesota; Doug Burgum, North Dakota; Kristi Noem, South Dakota; Tony Evers, Wisconsin.

Brownfield interviewed Ricketts at 2022 Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE.

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