WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision yesterday to delay a final decision on pro-ethanol lobby Growth Energy’s waiver petition to allow ethanol blends up to E15.
Since the waiver’s submission earlier this year, a diverse group of environmental groups, business associations and public interest organizations, including the GMA, has opposed the waiver due to concerns about the effect of midlevel ethanol blends on the environment, public health, consumers and manufacturers. This coalition has long urged EPA to deny the Growth Energy petition until independent, rigorous and verifiable testing can be conducted.
“We commend EPA for recognizing that the current science is incomplete and that a decision to increase midlevel ethanol blends must not be made until it is known for certain that it is safe for consumers, the environment and for engines,” said Scott Faber, GMA’s vice president of federal affairs. “We look forward to working with the EPA to advance our nation's energy needs without sacrificing global food and feed security.”
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