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Ethanol industry celebrates E15 approval

UNDATED (KTIV) -- Ethanol industry leaders say Wednesday was an historic victory for their fuel.

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved blending higher concentrations of ethanol into gasoline for vehicles manufactured since 2007.

The new maximum blend will be 15%, up from 10%. It's expected to have a good impact for ethanol producers, putting their product in higher demand.

While industry officials are happy with the decision, they're hoping the EPA will approve the higher blend for more vehicles in the near future.

"While we would have preferred approval for E15 for all vehicles and off-road equipment, now we must roll up our sleeves and make this split decision work," said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.

Next month, the Department of Energy will test the higher blend on vehicles between 2001 and 2006.

Growth Energy says E15 could be available for consumers by early 2011.

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