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Smith Statement on EPA's E15 Announcement

October 13, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its decision to allow E15 in cars manufactured after 2007. A decision on cars manufactured between 2001 and 2006 is expected by the end of the year.

"The current 10 percent ethanol-gasoline blending cap threatens to restrict developing America's ethanol infrastructure and capacity to meet the Renewable Fuels Standard. More must be done to put the choice in the hands of consumers.

"In an era of global volatility and high energy demands, diversifying our nation's fuel supply is essential. The EPA's decision is a good first step, but we must continue to focus on developing infrastructure without further burdening producers, retailers, and consumers.

"The Consumer Fuels Choice Act, which I introduced earlier this year, would achieve this goal. This bill would provide flexibility and promote consumer choice to achieve American energy independence, protect the environment, and create jobs without onerous government regulations," Smith said.