EPA requested information on octane levels and how they could be increased in accordance with the Clean Air Act, in its original notice on the rulemaking, but “ultimately failed to address these concerns in the final rule,” NFU said.
“There is strong evidence that ethanol can improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all while providing new markets for farmers and bolstering rural economies,” NFU President Rob Larew, said in a news release.
“Given their benefits, NFU advocated a clear path to adoption of mid-level ethanol blends in our earlier comments — which EPA all but ignored. As such, NFU is well-positioned to advance this legal challenge against the agency.”
Additionally, NFU said in accordance with Title II of the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to reduce toxics in gasoline to the greatest extent possible as new technologies become available.
“Higher ethanol blends are that technology, and they are available today,” South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke, said in a statement.
“We know that widespread implementation of these blends would result greatly reduce toxics as well as provide a significant octane boost.”
The news release said petitioners believe the legal action would require EPA to “defend a flawed cost-benefit analysis and faulty assumptions” regarding the emissions and “harm” associated with the toxic and carcinogenic aromatic compounds refiners currently use for octane in traditional fossil fuels.
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