The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings spoke out following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denial of a petition by industry partners for a rehearing of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs EPA decision that rejected EPA’s 2019 regulation allowing year-round E15 sales. Jennings issued the following statement in reaction:

“ACE is disappointed the D.C. Circuit Court refused to reconsider its decision even though EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act to permit E15 the same gasoline volatility treatment as E10 is consistent with Congressional intent and reflects the realities of today’s motor fuel market. As we’re just days away from the end of the summer driving season, this ruling should not impact 2021 summer sales of E15, and ACE is helping pursue multiple avenues to ensure E15 sales will not be disrupted next year.

“While this is a setback, ACE will do everything it can to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15 so we can eventually move billions of gallons of low carbon ethanol through the marketplace.”

One of these avenues is to encourage support of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to allow year-round E15 sales. Industry advocates can call on their members of Congress using ACE’s Legislative Action Center.