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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to take up the petroleum industry’s E15 appeal. The appeal was filed by the American Petroleum Institute, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, and a number of other organizations in February. It challenged the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to reject the challenge of a partial waiver granted by the U.S. EPA to allow E15 use.
“The highest court in the land has spoken—they have unequivocally rejected the attempts of Big Oil and other opponents of ethanol to challenge the EPA’s sensible decision to permit the sale of E15,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “Now that the final word has been issued, I hope that oil companies will begin to work with biofuel producers to help bring new blends into the marketplace that allow for consumer choice and savings.”
“We think drivers deserve reliable choices at the pump. By denying the challenge from renewable fuel opponents to limit growth of clean, American-made fuel, those choices will be available to even more consumers,” said Poet LLC CEO Jeff Lautt.
Mary Rosenthal, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, has also welcomed the Supreme Court’s action. “Today’s decision is another step in our nation’s journey to a future of cleaner, renewable and more secure sources of fuel for our cars, trucks and planes,” she said.