Currently, the 15 percent blend is not sold June 1 to mid-September.
Troy Bredenkamp, Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN) executive director, says year-round use would be a boost for the state’s producers.
“That’s clearly the direction we want to see the EPA go,” Bredenkamp tells Nebraska Radio Network, “especially in light of some of their more recent activity, which has done nothing but hinder ethanol demand.”
Bredenkamp says that includes small refinery exemptions the EPA has granted to 25 refineries, which he note are not all “small.”
The senators’ letter to the EPA comes after President Trump said last month his administration was looking into allowing E-15 sales through the summer.
“Look at what’s going on with E-10. Look at what’s going on with mid-level blends. [EPA] has good data for those. E-85 clearly can be sold year-round, so why would we expect anything different from a 15 percent blend,” Bredenkamp asks. “Basically, we’re asking the EPA to use some common sense here.”
President Trump indicated last month that E-15 should not be prohibited during the summer months.
There are roughly 45 to 50 retailers who sell E-15 in Nebraska, according to RFN.
“We would hope that number would grow, once year-round sales are approved,” Bredenkamp says.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:38]