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Tuesday Truth #47: Ethanol Improves Air Quality

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Ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels are critical in improving the quality of the air we breathe right here in Wisconsin. Here are a few facts:

  • The number of days in Southeast Wisconsin that have exceed federal ozone standards has decreased by 45% since the use of ethanol in fuels. [Source: http://www.wfbf.com/ethanol.htm#air, accessed 7/6/09]
  • The American Lung Association credits ethanol-blended reformulated gasoline with reducing smog-forming emissions by 25% since 1990. [Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol Facts, http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resource/facts/environment/, accessed 7/6/09]
  • Ethanol-blended fuels reduce tailpipe emissions of volatile organic compounds by at least 12 percent and reduce tailpipe carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 30 percent. [Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Ethanol Facts, http://www.ethanolrfa.org/resource/facts/environment/, accessed 7/6/09]
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