WASHINGTON, D.C.—A bipartisan group of lawmakers today sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that urges “the swift implementation of outstanding regulatory action to remove the 1-psi volatility waiver for gasoline-ethanol blends in Midwest states.”
The letter notes that on April 28, 2022, several Midwest governors formally notified the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their request to permanently remove the 1-psi volatility waiver to allow their states to sell gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) year-round, without restriction. Despite the fact that EPA was statutorily required to respond to the request by July 2022, the rulemaking has still not been completed.
Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy—the nation’s largest biofuel trade association—issued the following statement in response to the letter:
“E15 can deliver meaningful savings to consumers at the fuel pump–a fact that only becomes more apparent during the busy holiday travel season. We’re glad this bipartisan group of lawmakers is committed to lowering fuel costs by increasing access to homegrown biofuels. This letter is yet another example of how the industry and its champions are pressing the Biden Administration at every level to compel them to finally comply with the law and allow for the sale of E15 year-round in the petitioning states.”
Read the full letter here.