DECATUR, IL - Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it has submitted a formal request to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking approval of ethanol-gasoline blends containing up to 12 percent ethanol (E12) for all cars.  

"We also formally requested that the EPA alter its Clean Air Act interpretive rule to allow for the higher oxygen content in E12," the company said. 

ADM said it continues to support "full implementation of the E15 waiver request, but believes that limiting E15 to model year 2001 and newer cars will not meet the goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) or the President's goal of tripling biofuels production over the next twelve years." 

The company added that it believes "immediate interim approval and implementation of E12 for all cars provides a sound path to advance our nation's renewable energy goals." 

Archer Daniels Midland Co. operates more than 230 processing plants that convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for energy, as well as for food, animal feed and chemical uses.