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Northern State Governors Request E15 Emergency Waiver
Minnesota Ag Connection - 03/22/2023

Tuesday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen andSouth Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to EPA Administrator Regan requesting an emergency waiver to allow for E15 this summer during driving season.

Regan approved an April 28, 2022 petition to allow for year-round sales of E15, but the administration has delayed issuing the proposal. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to delay implementation until April 28, 2024.

‚ÄúPostponing implementation of our petition could result in higher prices at the pump during the summer 2023 driving season, as consumers would lose access to lower-cost, cleaner-burning E15,‚ÄĚ said Governor Noem and her colleagues.

The governors requested that the EPA use its emergency authority to ensure that lower-cost E15 remains available in the marketplace this summer. The agency used this authority during the summer of 2022. The market conditions that justified emergency actions last summer still exist today.

‚ÄúConsumers, fuel retailers, ethanol producers, and farmers need certainty. We urge the EPA to act immediately to ensure lower-cost E15 remains available in the marketplace this summer,‚ÄĚ concluded the governors.

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