U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined President Donald Trump at the White House to announce that he has directed the EPA to initiate a rulemaking allowing for E-15 to be sold year-round. Fischer released the following statement after today’s announcement:
“The sale of E-15 year round is a big deal for Nebraska farmers, renewable fuel producers, and rural communities. This announcement combined with the USMCA, the South Korea trade agreement, and the start of trade talks with Japan are all signs that we are moving in the right direction. I thank President Trump for his efforts on behalf of our producers.”
Senator Fischer has long advocated for the sale of E-15 year-round. In 2017, she joined Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in introducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would have extended the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent. This would increase market access opportunities for higher blends of ethanol and allow retailers across the country to sell E-15 and other higher ethanol-gasoline fuel blends year-round.
Nebraska ranks second in the nation in biofuel production. The states has 25 operating ethanol plants, which produce more than 2 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually and have created more than 1,300 good paying jobs in Nebraska’s rural communities.
Also, Nebraska ranks first in the nation for a number of cattle on feed, a direct result of the ethanol byproduct, distillers grains.
Information and photo provided by Senator Deb Fischer's Office.