Governors’ Biofuels Coalition sends letter to President Trump asking for higher ethanol blends

November 26, 2019 |

In Washington, a letter to President Trump, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem asked him to enforce a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires the reduction and elimination of toxic carcinogenic aromatics from gasoline.  This requirement has been largely ignored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for decades.  “This is unacceptable,” the governors told the President.  Governor Walz and Governor Noem are the chair and vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition.

EPA’s octane options in the 1990s were limited, and cost-effective aromatic substitutes did not exist.  Today, many options exist, including high-octane biofuels.  The governors said that “[n]ow, there is an available replacement, and it’s time for the Trump Administration to follow the law and give Americans less toxic gasoline and the benefit of sustained, lower gasoline prices by replacing aromatics with biofuels,”

Since aromatics typically cost a dollar or more than biofuels, substituting more biofuels for aromatics would save consumers billions of dollars each year.

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