US House panel passes bill requiring further studies of E15 impacts

02/13/2012
The US House Science, Space, and Technology Committee approved legislation that would require the US Environmental Protection Agency to further study possible impacts of increasing allowable ethanol levels in gasoline to 15%. HR 3199, which passed by 19 to 7 votes, would make EPA work with the National Academy of Sciences to comprehensively assess scientific research on E15 before approving its introduction into the marketplace. Rep. F. James Sensenbrunner (R-Wis.), the committee's vice-chairman and the bill's sponsor, said following the Feb. 7 vote that lawmakers simply put science above politics. "The administration fast-tracked E15 without considering that increasing the percentag...
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