Ethanol Increase Opposed by Farm, Food, and Petrochemical Groups

Ethanol was approved by the EPA to be used at higher amounts in gas, but many arent happy about it.The new standard, known as E15, would up the concentration of corn-based ethanol from 10 percent to 15 percent in newer cars. The decision is lauded as a step forward for efficient energy practices.However, it also poses as a hazard, as consumers may be confused about the change while at the pump. The newly approved fuel for newer cars has not been approved for older cars. Additionally, Chicago Business says that retailers would have to either install new pump, or decide which of the two grades to sell.The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) criticized the decision.They released in a statement:The ethanol industry has won a victory today by convincing the federal agency charged with protecting our nation's public health and environment to disregard public safety and environmental issues and instead base a major policy decision on inadequate engine test data that has not been made public or reviewed independently.They added, Instead of rushing to judgment to announce this decision today, EPA should have required the completion of thorough and objective scientific testing of increased ethanol in gasoline to protect millions of Americans.A coalition of farm and food industry trade associations also opposed the decision. They noted that it is certain to accelerate the recent dramatic rise in corn prices, and questioned whether the EPA decision is legally sound.Members of the coalition include the American Meat Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the National Chicken Council, the American Frozen Food Institute, the American Bakers Association, the National Meat Association and the National Turkey Federation.The Coalition said: "The EPA's decision will have an impact on American farmers, food manufacturers and, most importantly, American consumers, who will face price increases at the grocery store and when they go out to eat in a restaurant. EPA took this step without sufficient regard for the inevitable effect on the price of food and feed." "After decades of federal subsidies and fuel mandates, the corn-based ethanol industry should stand on its own two feet and stop depending on the United States taxpayer for unneeded and unwarranted support. Enough is enough."

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