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Trump to Allow Year-round Sales of High-ethanol Gasoline

The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. |  Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

Created: October 09, 2018 03:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel.

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President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa on Tuesday.

The long-expected announcement is something of a reward to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman led a contentious but successful fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The veteran Republican lawmaker is the Senate's leading ethanol proponent and has pushed for year-round sales of the high-ethanol blend.

A senior administration official confirmed the change Monday on condition of anonymity ahead of Trump's announcement.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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