The Renewable Fuels Association says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should immediately approve intermediate ethanol blends such as E12 which would allow use of up to 12 percent ethanol in fuel. The statement came as EPA announced it will postpone its decision on allowing up to 15 percent ethanol use in gasoline. The decision will not be made until mid-2010, according to EPA.

Many in the meat industry have expressed concern about expanding the blend rule claiming it would drive up corn prices. They have also pushed for additional studies to be completed, including the  impact the ethanol blend rate hike would have on corn prices.

The EPA can authorize the use of E12 today with existing regulations, according to RFA. “This action makes sense because, historically, blends with oxygen content equivalent to nearly E12 have been in the marketplace without adverse effect,” says RFA.
“Increasing the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline is critical to both ensuring that the Renewable Fuels Standard is a successful policy and that there is a market for advanced biofuel technologies,” said an RFA statement released Tuesday.

Currently, EPA is considering a waiver request to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to up to 15 percent by volume. The RFA has joined with others in the ethanol industry asking the EPA to approve fuels containing up to 15 percent ethanol for automobiles.

The RFA firmly believes that, when complete, the scientific evidence will support such a move. In the meantime, the EPA can take action today – action already supported under current laws– to increase the amount of ethanol blended immediately, while it considers the full E15 waiver.

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Source: RFA,