The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit has sided with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and upheld its partial waiver approval for E15 ethanol fuel for model year 2001 and newer light duty vehicles and all flex fuel vehicles.
“Today the U.S. Court of Appeals appropriately rejected multiple legal challenges to the introduction of E15 into the commercial marketplace,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “This decision is a win-win for both the American consumer and our nation.”
“Adding an E15 option along side E10 and higher ethanol blends allows consumers to make the fuel decisions that work best for them and their vehicle,” Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said. “Allowing for additional ethanol use will help lower prices at the pump, create domestic jobs, and accelerate the commercialization of new biofuel technologies.”
So far, one station in Lawrence, Kansas has started selling E15 under the conditions set by the partial waiver. The challenge to EPA’s waiver was filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.