EPA’s E15 final decision welcome, but some questions remain

by | Feb 23, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted the request from eight Midwestern states, including Iowa, to sell year-round E15 beginning in 2025. The EPA approved the long-delayed petitions from eight Midwest governors to allow summertime sales of E15 in these states.

Iowa Corn President Jolene Riessen says that while the news is welcome, the new ruling does not address immediate concerns for Summer 2024.

Riessen says the EPA’s final decision is a positive ruling for Iowa.

With the rule not taking effect until 2025, the availability of E15 at the pump in Summer 2024 remains in question. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has released a statement saying that she will be requesting a waiver which would allow for E15 sales in Iowa in 2024:

“As governor of the nation’s top ethanol producing state, I’m pursuing a waiver to continue offering drivers the option to purchase lower-cost, cleaner-burning E15 in Iowa this summer, and I won’t stop fighting for year-round E15 until it’s available nationwide. The solution to making America energy independent is growing in the Heartland.”