DALRYMPLE: EPA TAKES A ‘POSTIVE STEP' ON E15 Governor says more should be done to expand ethanol use BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today called the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to expand the use of E15 blended gasoline "a positive step," but said the agency's partial approval is too limited in scope.
The waiver allows fuel stations to market gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol for model year 2001 passenger vehicles or newer. Dalrymple said the EPA should expedite its decision whether to approve an E15 waiver for use in all vehicles.
"The EPA's announcement today is good news, but more can be done to expand the use of ethanol-blended fuel and to eliminate confusion for consumers," he said.
The EPA's decision today expands a partial waiver it approved on Oct. 13 which allowed for the use of E15 in passenger vehicles manufactured since 2007.
North Dakota leads the nation in the number of blender pumps that offer mid-level blends and E85.
"Making E15 available to consumers is in step with North Dakota's successful Biofuels Blender Pump Program, which helps retailers offer more renewable fuels," Dalrymple said. "It's good for the environment, it's good for our farmers and it's good for the country."