After reports last week that EPA would not get the E15 rule published and finalized before the June 1 summer driving season starts, the agency seems to be fast-tracking the effort. EPA sent its rule that will allow year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol fuel to the White House for review on March 4. The proposed rule includes changes to the market in compliance credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Advancing the rule to the Office of Management and Budget increases the odds that EPA can release a final rule before summertime restrictions on the sale of E15 kick in on June 1.
Today, U.S. EPA sent its Renewable Fuel Standard Reid Vapor Pressure / Renewable Identification Number market reform proposal to the Office of Management of Budget for interagency review," EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said in a statement on March 4, 2019. "We hope to expeditiously propose and finalize the rule consistent with the President's direction."
Achieving what’s called RVP parity for E15 is a top priority for the Illinois Corn Growers Association. When the rule is published for public comments, ICGA will be requesting membership action on the rule for comment submission.
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