Vilsack: Should boost ethanol blend in gasoline

By: By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer
By: By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the government should be able to move quickly to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline.

Vilsack told a farmers convention that the cap on ethanol content in gasoline should be increased from 10% to 12% or 13% "fairly quickly" without causing problems to car engines and equipment.

It is up to the Environmental Protection Agency to lift the cap. Ethanol producers urged the agency last week to allow a 15% ethanol blend. Automobile and small engine manufacturers said there's no certainty yet that such an increase will not harm engines and fuel lines.

Vilsack spoke to the National Farmers Union annual convention Monday in Arlington, Va.

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