BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Corn Growers Association President Aron Carlson, a farmer from Winnebago, Ill., issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his decision to direct EPA to provide Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) parity for ethanol blends up to and including E15, a blend of gasoline that contains fifteen percent ethanol:
“On behalf of Illinois corn farmers, the Illinois Corn Growers Association is incredibly thankful to President Trump for carrying out his promise to us by directing the EPA to issue the RVP waiver for ethanol blends up to and including E15. The president’s action isn’t just a win for corn farmers and the ethanol industry, motorists everywhere will now be able to fuel up at the pump year-round with E15, a clean burning, high powered fuel that helps clear the air of toxic tailpipe emissions and lowers prices at the pump. That’s what I call good news for all of us.
“Corn farmers have been losing money for the last five years. Building markets for higher blends of corn-based ethanol supports farm income at zero cost to the federal budget. It paves the way for other regulatory actions to provide increased ethanol market access for the fuels of the not-too-distant future, and for that, we are grateful.”