EPA releases E15 proposed rule

The EPA has released its proposed rule to allow sales of E15 and higher blends of ethanol year-round.

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says he’s skeptical the rule can be finalized by the start of the summer driving season.

“And that’s just based on the realistic experience I’ve had with EPA where nothing gets done quickly. We have literally 80 days between now and June 1st.”

Renewable Fuels Association CEO Geoff Cooper is a bit more optimistic, pointing out the proposal moved swiftly through the Office of Management and Budget.

“Typically that’s a 30-day review process, or certainly three weeks (and the proposed rule) was only at the White House for a week or less. So I think that bodes well.”

The proposed rule also includes changes to how Renewable Identification Number—or RIN– credits are handled.

Jennings tells Brownfield there’s a lot at stake during a short comment period that ends April 29th.

“We’re going to have to make sure the legal underpinnings are sound on the RVP side, and we’re going to have to carefully comb through the RIN pieces to make sure there are no unintended consequences that upset ethanol demand in the future.”

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor (score) calls the E15 rule a critical milestone for rural Americans who make renewable biofuels and for all American drivers who want cleaner, more affordable fuel.

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