Oil Industry Poised to Attack as Trump Boosts Ethanol in Fuels

May 30, 2019, 7:38 PM

Oil industry foes are preparing to go to court to fight an Environmental Protection Agency regulation allowing year-round sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline nationwide.

The agency’s final rule, set to be released May 31, offers ethanol producers the promise of greater market access and demand -- but the coming legal battle will be the true test of that potential.

“This action by EPA makes no sense and is contrary to the law, congressional intent, and decades of agency precedence,” said Frank Macchiarola, a group director at the American Petroleum Institute. “We will challenge it vigorously.”

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is ...

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