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Monday could be big day for E15 court case

By Jonathan Sweet
June 21, 2013
Filed under News

We could know as soon as Monday if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver allowing E15.

In August 2012, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a coalition of groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas did not have legal standing to challenge the EPA’s waiver allowing the 15 percent ethanol blend into the marketplace.

In March, the groups filed a petition for certiorari asking the high court to review the case.

The petition for review was on the schedule for the justices’ weekly conference Thursday. The court typically announces on the following Monday whether or not a review has been granted, but decisions can take longer at times. It takes four votes from justices to grant a review.

Most petitions are not reviewed. According to the Supreme Court itself, the court receives approximately 10,000 petitions for a writ of certiorari each year and grants and hears oral argument in about 75 to 80 cases.

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