WASHINGTON, August 18, 2012- A U.S. Appeals Court struck down challenges to the EPA’s decision to allow E15 blended ethanol into the market. The opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected multiple challenges to EPA’s allowance of E15 in Grocery Manufacturers Association v. EPA on Friday.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Petroleum Institute first challenged E15 in November 2010, claiming that allowing the higher concentrations of ethanol in fuel would increase food prices and potentially harm vehicles.

The court ruled that none of the groups challenging the EPA rules, which included those representing Tyson Foods and Coca-Cola, could adequately establish specific harm from the allowance of E15. 

Growth Energy, a group representing producers and supporters of ethanol released a statement praising the D.C. court’s decision. 

“Today the U.S. Court of Appeals appropriately rejected multiple legal challenges to the introduction of E15 into the commercial marketplace,” said CEO of Growth Energy Tom Buis. “This decision is a win-win for both the American consumer and our nation.”


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