A petition hosted on www.ethanol.org has gathered more than 5,000 signatures from people in all 50 states who are in favor of the government increasing the amount of ethanol allowed to E15, according to a news release from the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE).
The petition was launched one month ago by ACE, a national advocacy association for ethanol with more than 1,500 members across the country.
"People want more ethanol, and the number of names signed to this petition in just a month’s time demonstrates widespread grassroots support for ethanol," ACE’s Executive Vice President Brian Jennings said in a statement.
View the petition and all of the names, listed by state.
Since the 1970s, the federal government has limited the ethanol content per gallon of gasoline to just 10 percent. On March 6, the ethanol industry brought a formal waiver before EPA to allow the use of E15 in standard vehicles.
EPA is holding a public comment period on the proposed rule change and is expected to make a ruling by Dec. 1.
The online petition can be signed through May 21, which is the end of the EPA public comment period.