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E-15 gasoline moves closer to sale

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UNDATED (WSAU) Another step has been taken to increase the content of ethanol in gasoline. T

he federal E-P-A said yesterday that it would let manufacturers of the new “E-15” fuel register as suppliers. Corn giants like Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill have registered to sell fuel made with 15-percent corn-based ethanol. The E-P-A says ethanol producers in Wisconsin and 11 other states have also registered.

The Renewable Fuels Association says the E-P-A’s move is the most significant in a three-year effort to get E-15 approved for sale. The group says Wisconsin and other states which have started the regulatory process could get their product on the market by this summer. But the American Fuel and Petro-Chemical Manufacturers has challenged the move in court. Its president, Charles Dreyna, says the government should not rush E-15 to the market with a lawsuit pending. His group says E-15 could damage vehicles and gas-powered equipment such as lawnmowers. The government says it could be used only in vehicles 2001-or-newer.

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