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Court asked to review EPA E15 decision

American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers file suit in Appeals Court

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers on June 11 asked the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia to review the EPA decision to allow E15 to be sold year-round, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

“We fully expect the court’s ruling to align with what the EPA and Congress have each previously concluded: the plain language of the Clean Air Act does not authorize an RVP waiver expansion beyond E10. Nothing has changed – a waiver for E15 is unlawful, plain and simple,” said AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson in a media statement.

Thompson said the RFS needs reform.

“An E15 waiver is in no way a fix for the shortcomings of the RFS, which has for years plagued markets with volatility,” he said.

Growth Energy intervened in support of the EPA decision to allow year-round use of E15.

“It’s no surprise that oil companies want to block consumer choice at the fuel pump,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We saw the same kind of frivolous challenges when Growth Energy first secured approval of E15 in 2011. We beat them then, and we’ll beat them now.

“The oil industry wants to inject uncertainty into the marketplace and discourage more retailers from offering clean, affordable options like E15. But the law is on our side. We know – and the EPA has said – the agency has clear authority to implement the law through appropriate regulations.”

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