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As the Wisconsin ethanol industry has grown, so has the economy in west-central Wisconsin, benefiting our community. If we want to continue this success we need Washington to lift outdated seasonal regulations on E15, a 15 percent ethanol fuel blend from plants just like the one in Necedah.

As a motor fuel E15 is approved for all vehicles made in 2001 or newer which represents more than 80 percent of cars on the road today. The rule that needs to be changed requires retailers to change pump labels from June through Sep., confusing customers. Rules prohibiting the sale during summer months are outdated and need to be changed.

Specifically, we need United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to combat regulators in Washington on behalf of Wisconsin farm families and press the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately lift E15 restrictions, now that summer fuel regulations have taken low-cost, high-ethanol blends off the market.

Biofuels open a critical market for Midwest farmers and communities like ours to compete in America’s energy sector. It is time for Secretary Perdue to stand with rural communities and demand the EPA change this rule.

Joshua Morby, Growth Energy