Ernst calls EPA ruling on E15 a double-edged sword

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst says the EPA’s recent decision to allow year-round sales of E15 in eight Midwestern states was long overdue.

“Thank the Lord, the Biden administration and their EPA is finally moving on this.”

But, the Iowa Republican tells Brownfield there’s some uncertainty with the final rule. “The problem is they’ve delayed it until 2025, which means now we are yet once again pushing for an emergency waiver to allow E15 (this summer.)”

Ernst says if the Biden administration doesn’t grant an emergency waiver for sales this summer it will negatively impact retailers. “They want to know that the product is there to sell, provide those consumers choice at the pump and if it’s not there, they have invested heavily and won’t see returns on it until next year.”

Ernst says she will continue supporting legislation in Congress that would expand year-round sales of E15 nationwide.

She spoke to Brownfield following a townhall event in Pella, Iowa on Saturday.