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There Goes the `Blend Wall' Keeping More Ethanol Out of Gasoline

  • EPA finalizes rule that seeks to shatter 10 percent barrier
  • Refiners warn that higher ethanol blend may damage engines
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So much for the so-called blend wall.

President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday ordered refiners to blend a record 14.5 billion gallons of ethanol into gasoline next year. For the first time ever, that will mean ethanol will make up more than 10 percent of the total U.S. fuel mix, a threshold that oil companies have said is dangerous to exceed because of potential damage to engines and catalytic converters.