Despite stance In high court litigation, EPA hints at support for E15 fuel

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Even as it opposes Supreme Court review of an appeals court ruling that bars most summertime sales of 15 percent ethanol (E15) fuel, EPA is opening the door for alternative policies to continue summer sales, such as measures that would place E15 on an equal regulatory footing with ubiquitous E10 fuel in certain states. Several Midwestern governors have already asked EPA about the feasibility of removing their 1-psi allowance. Meanwhile, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and other biofuels groups continue to advocate a similar approach, but with national scope, rather than state-by-state determinations. RFA, Growth Energy and four other groups write in a Dec. 9 letter to EPA that the agency should require the use of lower-RVP summertime conventional gasoline blendstocks (i.e., 8.0 psi in [air quality standards attainment areas] for mixing with all ethanol blends.