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Supreme Court declines to hear ethanol fuel case

Posted: 6/25/2013 | Views: 1840

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a case that charged federal regulators allowed a mid-level ethanol fuel blend onto the market without proper testing.

The move preserves a space at the gas pump for E15 fuel, a mix comprised of 15 percent ethanol — compared with the standard 10 percent — and 85 percent petroleum by leaving intact a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency ruling that E15 is safe to use in cars made in 2001 or later.

The biofuel industry praised the decision, characterizing it as the nail in the coffin for attacks against E15 by the oil industry and food groups.

“I am pleased that today’s Supreme Court action ends a long and drawn out petroleum industry effort to derail the commercialization of E15. The uncertainty created by this lawsuit has chilled commercial activity that would provide American consumers more affordable choices at the pump,” Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen said in a statement.

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