EPA Issues E15 Waiver For Summer Driving Season

Posted on: April 28, 2023

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it would use existing authority to prevent drivers from losing access to lower-cost and lower-emission E15, a higher ethanol blend often marketed as Unleaded 88. Missouri Corn Growers Association President Clint Stephens of Advance welcomed the decision.

“We applaud today’s announcement from EPA to keep the door open for E15 throughout the summer driving season. With OPEC’s recent decision to cut oil production by more than one million barrels per day, gas prices throughout the country have once again jumped. The average cost for a gallon of regular gas in Missouri is $3.35, more than 30 cents higher than a month ago. Keeping E15 at the pump during the popular summer months will help relieve the ongoing fuel supply pressures.

“America’s corn farmers and local ethanol plants are deeply committed to playing a prominent role in addressing today’s energy needs. Corn-based ethanol is a commonsense solution to enhancing U.S. energy security, providing long-term relief at the pump, reducing harmful emissions, and supporting a cleaner future.

“But the answer goes beyond today’s emergency waiver. We must work toward a long-term solution that includes higher blends of locally refined ethanol. America’s corn farmers stand ready to answer the call.”

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