EPA Delays Decision on Ethanol Waiver


TO:         Reporters and Editors

RE:         EPA Delays Decision on Ethanol Waiver

DA:        Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Senator Chuck Grassley today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to delay making any conclusions on the request for a waiver on blended gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol.

“There is ample evidence that demonstrates E15 should be approved.  The EPA has had months to review the data and make an informed decision to approve higher blends of ethanol than are currently allowed.  With this delay, the Obama administration is delaying the creation of thousands of new, green jobs, and creating even more uncertainty in an economy that needs some good news. 

“In 2007, Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard, which ensured 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels would be used by 2022.  Kicking the can down the road further delays the development of advanced biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol, and works against congressional intent, because without higher blends of ethanol the law can’t fully be implemented. 

“It’s unfortunate that given the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting higher blends, the EPA has chosen to obstruct a move that would immediately lower our dependence on dirty, imported fossil fuels.  Again, on the eve of the president’s jobs summit, I’d ask that he act on a request that I’ve made previously to implement an intermediate blend of E12 and create jobs for the American people. In the meantime, I will continue to look at other options that may be available to keep ethanol moving forward.   It’s time to make sure that renewable energy sources that are good for the environment, good for our national security and good for rural America get the boost they need and deserve.”