The House Science Committee passed a piece of legislation that will require the EPA to conduct additional testing on E15 before allowing use of the blend. H.R. 3199 is sponsored by James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and includes an additional six cosponsors. The legislation was passed by a vote of 19-7.

"NCGA is disappointed to see the House Science Committee vote in favor of a piece of legislation that will hamper consumer choice in fuel," NCGA President Garry Niemeyer said. "The EPA has thoroughly tested and approved the use of E15 in motor vehicles.  This legislation will create further government bureaucracy and generate unnecessary costs to American taxpayers for something that has already been appropriately vetted."

The bill will require the EPA to task the National Academies of Science with conducting further research that would compare mid-level ethanol blends  to blends containing 10 and zero percent ethanol.  The National Academies would be required to report their results to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology 18 months after enactment of the legislation.