NATSO urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a Mar. 9 letter to exercise its waiver authority under the Clean Air Act to authorize the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, or E15.
Issuing the waiver, NATSO argued, would lower the cost of fuel while also enhancing America’s energy security and improving the emissions characteristics of gasoline.
“This is a unique situation where the Administration’s energy security and geopolitical objectives are fully aligned with its environmental priorities,” NATSO argued. “Allowing year-round E15 would make the U.S. more energy secure, enhancing the nation’s geopolitical leverage all the while improving gasoline’s emissions characteristics.”
Congress has provided EPA with the authority to authorize year-round E15 in response to “extreme and unusual fuel or fuel additive supply circumstances” that prevent the distribution of an adequate supply the fuel or fuel additive to consumers.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also led a bipartisan group of senators in urging President Biden to permit the year-round sale of E15 fuel to reduce the U.S. reliance on foreign sources of energy. The Mar. 9 letter echoed the case made by NATSO, arguing that biofuels are a clean and reliable energy solution that will help drive down fuel costs for consumers at the pump.
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