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Trump To Lift Ethanol Restrictions Currently Prohibited By EPA Over Air Pollution Concerns: Report

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Trump To Lift Ethanol Restrictions Currently Prohibited By EPA Over Air Pollution Concerns: Report




President Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will allow higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline during the summer months, Reuters reported.

The move to lift the ban is aimed at helping Republicans in competitive elections in the nation’s farm belt. Iowa is the largest U.S. producer of ethanol.

The EPA currently prohibits because of concerns over air pollution. The ethanol industry has long pushed for a lift on the ban.

Trump has previously pledged to allow the sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol during the summer months.



Reuters also reported that Trump will also lift “restrictions on trading biofuel credits that underpin the program.”

“I’m very close, I have to tell you, to pulling off something that you’ve been looking forward to for many years, and that’s the 12-month E15 waiver. Very close to doing that. It’s a very complex process,” Trump said during an agriculture event in Iowa in July.

“I stuck with ethanol, most of the other candidates weren’t there,” Trump added.

Acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler said in July that he was “talking to the ethanol people, I’m talking to the oil people, all the stakeholders, to see if we can get a new package to move forward” in reference to a potential E15 deal.”




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