WASHINGTON — A coalition of farm and food trade associations filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision to allow gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) to be sold for cars manufactured in the 2007 model year or later.
The coalition, which includes Grocery Manufacturers Association here, said the expanded use of ethanol in gasoline could drive up corn prices. The suit argues that the EPA's action violates its authority under the Clean Air Act.
"Not only will this decision adversely affect millions of consumers who don't drive brand new cars, but also countless Americans who are struggling to feed their families in a recovering economy," said GMA Vice President for Federal Affairs Scott Faber. "Recent spikes in corn prices due to supply concerns will only be exacerbated by this decision. This legal action will give EPA a second chance to get this important decision right."
Other petitioners in the lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, include the American Meat Institute, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the National Meat Association, the National Turkey Federation, the National Chicken Council, the National Pork Producers Council, the Snack Food Association and the American Frozen Food Institute.