WASHINGTON – More than 35 stakeholders, including the American Meat Institute, recently urged Senate leaders to oppose any amendment to the upcoming Senate energy bill that would authorize introducing ethanol blends higher than 10% for use in conventional gasoline powered engines.

“Such an amendment would short-circuit existing two-year joint Environmental Protection Agency Department of Energy and industry research projects designed to insure that mid-level ethanol blends do not harm gasoline-powered engines, defeat emissions control devices, pose safety risks to consumers, or increase emissions from these engines. Sound science, environmental protection and consumer safety – not politics – must guide this important decision,” states the letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, A.M.I. relayed.

Section 211(f) of the Clean Air Act mandates a detailed scientific review before new fuels, additives or fuel blends are introduced into commerce. E.P.A. is in the midst of carrying out this review, including soliciting public comment from all stakeholders on the introduction of mid-level ethanol blends.

“This review must be allowed to continue and must not be pre-empted by Congress. We collectively urge you to reject any attempt to attach a mid-level ethanol authorization amendment during the Senate’s consideration of energy legislation in the coming weeks and months. Such an amendment would be bad for consumers, bad for safety, bad for the environment, and, by placing politics over sound science, bad public policy,” the letter concludes.

To read the entire letter, click: http://www.meatami.com/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/61312