(Posted Fri. Aug 17th, 2012)
Aug. 17: The U.S. Appeals Court ruled today to dismiss a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its approval of E15. The National Corn Growers Association is pleased with the decision and supports the use of E15 for vehicles of model year 2001 or newer. The original suit was filed by petroleum, engine, and grocery trade associations claiming the new ethanol and gasoline blend would cause damage to engines.
“Today’s decision by the Court of Appeals clarifies the known facts about the safe use of E15,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. “This sets the stage for consumers to have more choices at the pump. In addition, the expanded use of ethanol will continue to create jobs and help strengthen America’s rural economy.”
The EPA began testing the use of E15 on vehicles in March 2009. A combined six million miles have been driven and analyzed since the initial waiver. The ethanol industry currently directly employs 70,000 Americans, many in rural America. In addition, the use of ethanol has reduced gas prices by roughly 89 cents per gallon, decreasing the average household’s gasoline bill by roughly $800 per year.