The U.S. EPA is expected to announce a finalized ruling ahead of next summer to allow for the year-round sale of higher ethanol blends in several states. According to EPA Administrator Michael Regan, several talks with Midwestern governors have led to the possibility of year-round E15 availability. The ruling would mark a significant victory for ethanol stakeholders and contribute to the Midwestern and farm economies.

The summertime ban on the ethanol blend was originally introduced over fears of smog in hot weather. However, research has shown that 15% blends increase smog no more than the already-allowable 10% ethanol blends. Additionally, Regan shared that EPA is currently coordinating with the USDA on other biofuel blending requirements past 2022.

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