WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Lawmakers on the hill are celebrating what they call a victory for farmers. Tuesday, the EPA announced it will allow retailers to sell E15 fuel year-round. Right now, the higher ethanol mix is banned at the pump during the summer.
Supporters say increased sales of the corn-based fuel will mean more profit for farmers.
“We would love to see this by the summer months and so far, we’re moving ahead on target,” says Senator Ernst.
Some environmental groups argue the summer ban is to protect air quality. They fear lifting it will increase smog and harm wildlife.
Collin Omara with the National Wildlife Federation says new rules should include land protections including banning farmers from taking land away from animals.
“Look, we want to make sure that family farms are taken care of, but we want to make sure we don’t have unintended consequences,” Omara said. “If that rule was combined in conjunction with this then we can mitigate the damage on the environment and then we could have a win for everybody.”