JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) thanks Governor Reynolds for leading a joint, bipartisan letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue an emergency waiver for E15 sales during the 2023 summer. In doing so, the EPA would ensure consumers have uninterrupted access to homegrown, cleaner-burning, more affordable fuel options at the pump during the summer driving season.
“We are very appreciative for all Governor Reynolds has done in leading the charge for access to higher blends of ethanol at the pump. Reynolds has been a champion for biofuels and believes in the products we grow right here in Iowa that help alleviate the stress on many consumers’ wallets when fueling up at the pump,” said Denny Friest a farmer from Radcliffe, Iowa, and Iowa Corn Growers Association President. “Not only are higher blends of ethanol more affordable by 15-16 cents a gallon, but also cleaner burning, which is why we continue to encourage the EPA to use its authority to increase the fuel supply through uninterrupted access to E15 year-round.”
In early March, the EPA delayed the implementation of a plan, created by a group of bipartisan Midwest Governors, that would allow for the sale of E15 year-round in each respective state until April of 2024. However, based on precedent of the EPA exercising its emergency authority during the summer of 2022 for continued availability of E15 sales, there is hope a waiver will be granted before the 2023 summer driving season begins. The Iowa Corn Growers Association continues to urge the EPA to act now, and give consumers access to reliable, homegrown, affordable fuel this summer.
— Iowa Corn Growers Association