ND Gov. Hoeven annoyed by EPA ethanol delay

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2009 9:31 AM

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven says he's disappointed the federal Environmental Protection Agency is delaying a decision on raising the ethanol content of fuel.

The agency says more testing is needed on the impact of raising the maximum ethanol content of gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent. The testing is to see how the change affects engine performance. The EPA says it isn't likely to make a decision before June.

Hoeven says the EPA has been studying the move for more than a year. He says raising the allowable ethanol content of gasoline will increase demand for alternative fuels and help North Dakota producers.

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Hoeven says it appears the EPA will eventually endorse the change, but he says the new rules need to come soon, and they need to be easy for consumers and fuel dealers to understand.