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Gov. Ricketts, Ethanol Board Urge Timely Approval of Year-Round E15

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Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974

Megan Grimes, Ethanol Board, 402-471-2941


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts, Ethanol Board Urge Timely Approval of Year-Round E15


LINCOLN – Today, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts submitted testimony urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize modifications to fuel regulations to clear the way for year-round sales of E15.  In written testimony submitted to the EPA’s public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Governor Ricketts expressed hope that the EPA would wrap up the regulatory changes prior to the start of the summer driving season.


“The ethanol industry’s success is vital to the health of the Nebraska economy,” Governor Ricketts testified.  “Providing retailers the ability to sell E15 all year throughout the country will help strengthen and grow the ethanol market in the state, along with its economic and environmental benefits.”


Sarah Caswell, Administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, attended the hearing to offer additional testimony.


“Nebraska’s elected officials and ethanol industry stakeholders, including farmers, producers, retailers, and consumers were encouraged to hear President Trump announce last fall that he would direct EPA to move forward with the necessary rulemaking that would enable the nation’s retailers to sell E15 year round,” said Caswell.  “This market confidence is especially important now, as Nebraska farmers are already dealing with an ongoing downturn in the national agriculture economy, record local flooding issues, as well as unknowns with some of our global trading partners.”


You can read testimony submitted by Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska Ethanol Board.