EPA Sends Ethanol Regulations to White House
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its final regulations to the White House for Presidential approval, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports. This is the final step in the approval process before the mandate can be revealed.
Last year, the EPA proposed that the amount of ethanol to be produced by refiners actually be reduced over previous years. This plan to reduce the amount of ethanol being produced sent shockwaves through the energy community. Petroleum users lauded the proposal as a step in the right direction. The MRF testified at a hearing on the proposal in favor of lowering the amount of ethanol and in favor of doing away with the sale E-15. The MRF is also actively supporting legislation to halt the sale of E-15 fuels until further testing can be done.
The proposal was by far one the most controversial ever put forth by the EPA and received over 340,000 public comments.
While the EPA announced the White House review, they did not release whether any changes were made to last year's proposal to lower the amount of ethanol to be produced. The EPA will release the final rule after the White House and other federal agencies weigh in. The White House has 90 days to review the proposal and issue a response.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will keep you informed on this issue.