EPA hearing on Midwest E15 proposal fraught with timing concerns

Source: By OPIS • Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Proponents for the ethanol industry told the Environmental Protection Agency in a Tuesday hearing on a petition by several Midwest governors to offer summertime E15 access in their states that the agency should remedy its foot-dragging on the proposal by implementing it this summer instead of the next. … Geoff Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the Renewable Fuels Association, strongly encouraged the agency to reverse its decision on delayed implementation of the governors’ request to April 2024. Cooper said there is ample time to implement the action before the onset of the summer volatility control period beginning June 1, 2023. And the agency had a statutory duty in the first place, Cooper said, under the Clean Air Act to implement the governors’ petition within a 90-day period, which would have been due July 27, 2022.