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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Challenge To E15 Fuel

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a legal challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move to expand the use of ethanol in the United States.

Trade groups, including food processors and the oil, gas and auto sector, had sued to contest a pair of EPA decisions that allowed the sale of gasoline blends containing 15 percent ethanol for use in vehicles manufactured in 2001 or later.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw says ethanol opponents had pressed hard for another outcome.

Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court effectively kills the legal challenge to E15 fuel, which is the industry’s main hope for growth beyond its current 10 percent share of the gasoline market.