The effort to bring E15 to the market place took a step forward with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of the health effects testing for E15 submitted by the Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association. 

Fuel or additive manufactures may now submit applications to have their products registered by the EPA.  This is the final federal regulatory step leading to the distribution of the E15 blend.  However, some states restrict the sale of various ethanol blends and, thus, some states will have to change its statutes before E15 can be sold.  Growth Energy said, “With ethanol selling an average of 76 cents a gallon cheaper than gasoline and $4 a gallon gasoline on the horizon, we’d encourage all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they will see more-affordable E15.” 

Earlier this month, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee passed legislation that requires EPA to commission a report from the National Academy of Sciences to conduct additional studies on the impacts of E15 on the nation’s fuel supply.