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Anticipated EPA Decision on Ethanol Delayed Until Next Year

December 1, 2009


The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a much-anticipated decision on whether to increase the allowable blend of ethanol in the gasoline supply.

On Dec. 1st, the EPA said it will postpone until June 2010 a decision on raising the limit on ethanol blended with gasoline from 10% to 15%. Ethanol advocates had pressed for an increase in that percentage, arguing that a higher figure is needed to boost demand for first and second-generation biofuels. The EPA said it will continue to study whether higher ethanol levels will have impacts on the performance of motor vehicles.

The full text of EPA's letter to Growth Energy regarding the ethanol blend level is available atsites/default/files/lettertogrowthenergy11-30-09.pdf.