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NE Ethanol Board pushes for year-round E-15 gasoline blend

Posted at 5:07 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 18:08:51-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a final ruling to allow E15 gasoline year-round. They say the ruling could help Nebraska farmers.

“It is crucial for the EPA to get the rule out by June 1, so that our retailers can sell E15 all year, everywhere in the U.S. This change has the potential to create significant new demand for ethanol, which is a key value-added agriculture market for farmers in Nebraska, and so important at this time of an ongoing downturn in agriculture and uncertain global trade,” remarked Jan tenBensel, Chairman of the Board.

NEB says the 15% ethanol mix is "generally 5 to 6 cents cheaper than regular gasoline and has higher octane."

In October, President Trump approved year-round E15 sales.