EPA Ups Ethanol Allowance, Draws Ire From Both Sides

Law360, New York (October 13, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it will raise the permitted ethanol percentage in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent in certain cars, setting off a round of gripes from both the oil industry and renewable energy advocates.

The EPA lifted a waiver barring 15 percent ethanol fuel—known as E15—for light trucks and cars made in 2007 or later, saying recent tests have shown the blend is not harmful to emissions control equipment in those vehicles.

But some oil industry groups have rejected the...
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