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Trump To Allow Year-Round Sales Of Higher-Ethanol Gasoline

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In an effort to help farmers hurt by the U.S. trade war with China, President Donald Trump is expected to lift a federal ban on summer sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline on Tuesday.

Trump reportedly intends to order the Environmental Protection Agency to allow year-round sales of gasoline blends with up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. Gasoline typically contains 10 percent ethanol.

Clean Air Act requirements currently prohibit the sale of E15 during the summer months in several states due to smog concerns.

A White House official told reporters Trump thinks lifting the restrictions will be good for the agriculture industry and the overall economy.

Trump is expected to announce the decision as he travels to a campaign rally in Iowa, the nation's largest corn-producing state.

NBC News described the anticipated announcement as a reward for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who led the fight to confirm new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The move could also benefit Iowa's Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who is trailing Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell in recent polls, as well as vulnerable GOP House incumbents in the state.

The expected decision has drawn some criticism, however, with a bipartisan group of twenty Senators sending Trump a letter last week expressing their strong opposition to the move.

In an effort to appease oil refiners, Trump is also expected to order changes to how regulators handle biofuel credits.

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