EPA to Reduce Ethanol Requirement

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol that is required to be mixed with the gasoline supply. This is the first time the EPA has taken steps to slow down the drive to replace fossil fuels with alternative fuels in the US and its decision drew complaints from both advocates of ethanol and environmentalists, The New York Times reports.
The announcement was upsetting to farmers as a well, who claim that the decision comes at a time when a record corn crop is expected. Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association, said EPA’s move left the RFA people scratching their head and “wondering why this administration is telling us to burn less of a clean-burning American fuel.”

The Environmental Protection Agency noted the main problem is that automobile fuel systems and service stations can’t absorb more than 10 percent ethanol as most cars on the road and most fuel pumps are limited to the current E10 mixture. What’s more, although millions of cars can use blends of up to 85 percent ethanol, few consumers prefer the fuel, which means that very few stations are still selling it.

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