EPA Delays Ethanol Blend Decision Until Summer

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it will wait until June to decide whether to approve a petition by Growth Energy to boost the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline to 15 percent. EPA did acknowledge that it believes American cars built after 2001 “will likely be able to accommodate” gasoline blended with as much as 15 percent ethanol.

EPA wants more time to review test data on the effects a higher ethanol-gasoline ratio would have on vehicles. The agency expects to have final testing data on the effects of higher-blended ethanol by mid-June.“We want to make sure we have all necessary science to make the right decision,” according to an EPA letter to Growth Energy.

American Farm Bureau supports raising the blend level up to 15 percent ethanol.