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Klobuchar: Decision on ethanol labeling will strengthen homegrown energy economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar reported this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final fuel pump labeling and other requirements for gasoline with blends of up to 15 percent ethanol (E15). The move, she said, will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market - offering consumers more choices at the gas pump.

"The decision helps move us one step closer to E15 and higher blends of biofuels which will help consumers filling up their tanks," Klobuchar said. "At a time of record gas prices, providing American consumers a choice at the pump will not only ease the burden on their pocketbooks; it will strengthen our homegrown energy economy and decrease our dependence on foreign oil."

The new label must appear on all fuel pumps that dispense E15, informing consumers of which vehicles can use E15 while also warning consumers against using blended biofuels in vehicles that cannot support its use. The new label also aims to protect Minnesotans with smaller engines in lawnmowers, chain saws, and boat motors from using fuel not designed for their engine.

Klobuchar fought for the original waiver by the EPA that allowed E15 to be used in cars built between 2001 and 2006 - a move that cleared the path for up to 60 percent of cars and trucks currently on the road to run on E15. Minnesota has 21 ethanol plants that generated an estimated $3 billion in economic output and sustained nearly 8,400 jobs last year. Estimates show that the nationwide adoption of E15 could reduce the importation of up to seven billion gallons of gasoline per year and inject an estimated $24 billion into the U.S. economy.