HOEVEN: EPA E15 WAIVER EXPANSION MOVES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Hoeven today said the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to extend its E15 waiver to model year 2001 vehicles, including light trucks, is a step in the right direction, but called on the agency to expedite rule making for labeling blends greater than E15 to help get the product to consumers. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the Senator this morning to notify him of the decision.
“This is clearly a welcome step, but now the agency needs to provide simple, sound rules that will enable retailers and consumers to use the fuel conveniently,” Hoeven said. It should be available for all vehicles and as accessible and easy to use as E10, which has been successfully marketed for years.”
Hoeven, who twice served as chairman of the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, has been a strong proponent of increasing the gasoline blend ratio from 10 to 15 percent ethanol. He made the original request for an E15 waiver to President Barack Obama, and spoke on a number of occasions with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, asking her to expedite the approval process. Hoeven also met in Washington, D.C. with senior EPA and Department of Energy officials to press for implementation of the waiver.
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