Several farm and food trade associations filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s decision regarding E15.

The EPA recently determined that gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) may be sold for cars manufactured in the 2007 model year or later. The multi-industry coalition formed in response objects to this decision "on the grounds that granting a 'partial waiver' of the Clean Air Act allowing E15 to be used only in cars built after model year 2006 is not within the agency's legal authority." Under the Clean Air Act, said the Coalition, the EPA can only grant a waiver for a new fuel additive if it will not cause or contribute to a failure of any emission control device or system.

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In addition, the decision may result in a larger percentage of the U.S. corn supply being used for ethanol, which would raise feed prices due to a smaller available supply of feed corn. This, in turn, would lead to higher prices for consumers in the grocery store. “The EPA’s decision will have an impact on American farmers, food manufacturers and, most importantly, American consumers, who will face price increases at the grocery store and when they go out to eat in a restaurant," said the Coalition. "The EPA took this step without sufficient regard for the inevitable effect on the price of food and feed.”