EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers in eight Midwestern states, including South Dakota, will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of ethanol throughout the year under a ruled finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The end of a summertime ban on sales of gasoline blended with 15% ethanol has been sought for years by the biofuels industry and farming groups with the support of Midwest governors.

The fuel additive consumes roughly 40% of the nation’s corn crop. Higher sales of ethanol could mean greater profits for corn farmers. The new rule was announced Thursday and takes effect in April 2025. In addition to South Dakota, it will apply in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


February 23, 2024