Wisconsin Gov. Evers, seven other Midwest governors press EPA for year-round cheaper gas

Gas Pump Evers
(Associated Press photo)

MADISON (WKBT) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers joined seven other Midwest governors Thursday in sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of the year-round sale of E15 fuel.

In November, Evers and the Midwest governors sent an initial letter on the issue to the EPA. A few months later, President Joe Biden’s administration issued a temporary waiver to allow the blend to be used this summer.

The governors’ letter Thursday urged the EPA to issue a permanent fix and allow the sale of E15 year-round annually. Signers included Evers and the governors of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

E15, also known as unleaded 88, is a mix of regular gasoline and 15% ethanol, a plant-based fuel typically made from corn. It is cheaper for consumers.

Eric Huschitt, president of the Wisconsin Biofuels Association, lauded the letter, saying that E15 “is cleaner, has higher octane and currently sells at a discount to gasoline.”

Automotive industry officials say E15 is OK for use in cars, trucks and SUVs produced since 2001 but can cause problems for older vehicles.

The EPA approved use of E15 gas after more than two years of testing determined it was safe to use in model-2001 and newer cars and light-duty trucks.

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