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EPA Extends the Public Comment Period on E15 Application

Release Date: 05/15/2009
Contact Information: Contact: Cathy Milbourn, (202) 564-7849 / 4355 / milbourn.cathy@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2009) EPA is extending the comment period by 60 days on a waiver application requesting an increase in the amount of ethanol blended into a gallon of gasoline to up to 15 volume percent (E15). The original public comment period was to end on May 21, 2009, and will now end on July 20, 2009.

The current limit on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into a gallon of gasoline is at ten volume percent ethanol (E10) for conventional (non flex-fuel) vehicles. Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers submitted the E15 waiver application on March 6, 2009. The statutory provision calls for EPA to make a decision within 270 days of receipt, which is December 1, 2009. The comment period extension will not change this timeframe.

More information and instructions for submitting comments:
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/additive.htm