IRFA to Pruitt: Announce E15 RVP Enforcement Discretion Before Head Hits Pillow
May 31, 2018
Contact: Cassidy Walter
JOHNSTON, IOWA – Starting tomorrow, June 1st, millions of American drivers will be legally prohibited from filling up with their highest-performing, lowest-cost, most environmentally-friendly fuel option if EPA does not take immediate action to implement President Trump’s decision to remove “unnecessary and ridiculous” summertime E15 restrictions.
Today the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) called on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to use enforcement discretion regarding the summertime E15 RVP restriction that limits the sale of E15 to flex-fuel vehicles only from June 1st through September 15th.
“Before his head hits a pillow tonight, Scott Pruitt should announce EPA will use enforcement discretion and not punish consumers based on a regulatory restriction his agency is supposed to be in the process of eliminating,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “President Donald Trump has called the summertime restriction on E15 ‘unnecessary and ridiculous’ and ordered EPA to remove it. It is unclear why it is taking EPA so long to follow through on the President’s order to lift the E15 restriction – especially considering how quickly the Agency has acted to grant questionable, demand-destroying RFS small refinery exemptions.
“But until the formal rulemaking process to remove the E15 restriction is completed, Pruitt should take action today to ensure motorists have access to the lowest-cost fuel choice on the market for regular vehicles. In Iowa alone, consumers could save tens of millions of dollars this summer if given the option of E15.”
E15 is a fuel made with 15 percent ethanol. It is higher octane than the most commonly used fuel, E10, and is typically priced five to 10 cents less. E15 is approved for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles, which account for over 90% of fuel purchases.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association represents the state’s liquid renewable fuels industry and works to foster its growth. Iowa is the nation’s leader in renewable fuels production with 43 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 4.4 billion gallons annually – including approximately 55 million gallons of annual cellulosic ethanol production capacity – and 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 400 million gallons annually. For more information, visit the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association website at: www.IowaRFA.org.