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US Congress urged to adopt E15 year-round legislation

US Congress urged to adopt E15 year-round legislation
On June 23, 2011, the US EPA finalized regulations to help prevent misfuelling of vehicles, engines, and equipment not covered by the partial waiver decisions. These regulations require all E15 fuel dispensers to have a label that informs consumers about what vehicles can, and what vehicles and equipment cannot use E15 (image courtesy RFA).

Over 250 groups and companies sent a letter to US Congressional leaders calling for support for S. 5145, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022. This bipartisan legislation clarifies E15 should be allowed for sale year-round by extending the 1-psi Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to fuel blends containing gasoline and over 10 percent ethanol.

According to the Letter, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022 is a federal legislative solution that would apply the same fuel volatility limit to all conventional gasoline blends during the summer ozone control season thereby permanently resolving inconsistent fuel volatility rules.

Legislation that was passed three decades ago, the one pound per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility allowance, is currently available only to gasoline blends containing 10 percent ethanol (E10).

Gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) is not provided the same RVP tolerance as E10, even though the fuel is slightly less volatile than E10 thus making it “extremely difficult for many fuel marketers and retailers that may desire to offer E15 to their customers in the summer months to source that product.”

Ensuring uninterrupted availability of E15 in all parts of the country has been an urgent priority for our industry, and quick adoption of the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act would clarify the statute ahead of the 2023 summer driving season so we have a national, permanent solution in place. ACE proudly stands with the hundreds of other groups in encouraging Congress to act immediately to make year-round E15 access a reality, commented Brian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and one of the signatory organizations.

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