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EPA Approves Use of E15 in Gasoline

Thursday, October 14, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday announced that it will allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (“E15”) for passenger cars, light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUV) manufactured in the 2007 model year or newer.

E15 – which increases the currently permitted level of 10 percent ethanol in gasoline by 50 percent – will increase the amount of the U.S. corn crop used to make fuel rather than food.

In a statement that was carried widely by media nationwide, AMI and a host of other farm and food industry groups reacted strongly to the announcement.

“USDA’s recent estimate that corn production for this year was going to be 3.4 percent less than 2009 has sent corn prices higher,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. “This will put pressure on the meat and poultry supply which will lead to higher food prices for consumers.  For those consumers worried about climbing food prices, this decision will increase the amount of corn being diverted to our gas tanks and away from meat and poultry production.  It’s unfortunate that EPA acted hastily and approved the use of E15, and now the American consumer will pay for it at the grocery store.”

To read the full statement, click here: http://bit.ly/d6wb5S.

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