US ethanol group calls on EPA to raise blend cap now - VIDEO

15 June 2010 07:20  [Source: ICIS news]

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (ICIS news)--US ethanol advocacy group Growth Energy on Monday renewed calls for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ease restrictions on ethanol blending, saying higher blends would not cause problems with engine durability or emissions.

“We kind of feel like expectant parents waiting for this decision and we are hoping that it comes sooner rather than later,” said Growth Energy chief executive Tom Buis on the sidelines of the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis.

Growth Energy in March 2009 filed a waiver with the EPA, seeking approval to blend up to 15% (E15) of ethanol in gasoline as a means of creating additional market for growing US ethanol production.

The US now limits blending to 10% (E10).

Buis said an increase to E15 was warranted based on the test data the group submitted to the EPA supporting higher blends.

The data is solid, he said, expressing frustration at how long it has taken regulators to rule on the issue due to additional tests.

"We can't wait until the cows come home for testing, further testing, testing," he said.

Buis dismissed the notion that E15 would be too high a jump from E10, saying there was no significant difference in moving to E15 as opposed to E12.

E15 would give the industry more market space to send the signal for investors in next-generation feedstocks, he said, whereas E12 would provide little relief from over-supply of the biofuel.

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