DeWine asks EPA to allow sale of 15% ethanol gas year-round

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to take a step toward possibly lowering gas prices.

In a letter said to EPA administrator Michael Regan, DeWine asked that the EPA permanently remove restrictions around the sale of 15 percent ethanol fuel.

“E-15 offers Ohio consumers cleaner emissions, more fuel from renewable sources, and, perhaps most critically, a less expensive fuel option,” DeWine said in a statement.

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DeWine said he thinks this will give Ohioans real gas price relief.

Earlier this year, the EPA issued an emergency allowing E-15 sales during the summer months.

Sales of 15% ethanol blend is usually prohibited between June 1 and Sept 15 because of the concerns it adds to smog in high temperatures.

DeWine wants this waiver to become permanent starting the summer of 2023.