National Farmers Union submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency today calling for an increase in the allowable ethanol content of gasoline beyond the current 10 percent limit. NFU's comments came in response to waiver request by Growth Energy and 51 ethanol producers to the Clean Air Act.
 
"Approving this waiver will enable continued growth of the ethanol industry and lead to the next generation of biofuels," Johnson said.
 
"The United States is rapidly approaching the point at which we will be able to blend ethanol in 10 percent of al l transportation fuels. However, the 10 percent limitation jeopardiz es our ability to meet the requirements set by the Renewable Fuels Standard," NFU President Roger Johnson said.
 
The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2), which was passed as part of the 2007 Energy Bill, requires the use of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022. In the near term, the RFS2 requires 13.15 billion gallons of ethanol by 2012.
 
Source: National Farmer’s Union