Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is trying to alleviate concerns about the timeline his agency has proposed for moving to year-round sales of that ethanol blend.
“We will be able to go to year-round E15 by next summer. This is a commitment by President Trump,” Wheeler said.
Nebraska is the nation’s number-two ethanol producer behind only Iowa.
The published agenda by the EPA shows E15 rule making will begin in February. Ethanol supporters say that timeline would make it difficult to deliver E15 for the 2019 summer driving season. Wheeler insists the normal rulemaking process will be completed in time.
“So, that does take a little bit of time but our people are already working on it and we’ll be putting out the proposal and getting those comments and then finalizing it before the driving season,” Wheeler said.
The Renewable Fuels Association has said the EPA should expedite the rulemaking process so drivers and the industry have the assurance of next summer’s E15 availability. According to Wheeler, all deadlines will be met for it to be available.
There are 24 ethanol plants in Nebraska that produce a total of more than two-billion gallons each year.