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Year-round E15 petition to OMB for final review

A rule to allow year-round E15 sales in eight Midwest states is under final review.

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings tells Brownfield after nearly two years, EPA has sent the rule to the Office of Management and Budget.

“We needed and wanted EPA to send this rule to OMB many months ago to be brutally honest, and that’s why they were sued by the attorneys general for Iowa and Nebraska. But December 19th, we’ll take it.”

The other states that petitioned EPA for an E15 waiver are Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Jennings says OMB generally takes 30 days for final review.

“We have the Christmas holiday coming up and New Years, and I am concerned that those holidays (and) the timing that EPA moves this to OMB could delay final action on this a bit. I don’t think this should be a good excuse.”

Jennings says ACE is urging OMB to issue the final review early in 2024 so market participants can plan accordingly for the summer driving season.

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