(Posted Wed. Apr 15th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association today applauded Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) for recently introducing legislation to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, and ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace.
“We applaud Congressman Smith for leading the effort in the House to expand consumer choices at the pump. This legislation would give people access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling.
RVP measures the evaporation rate of gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a volatility waiver to E10 blends, allowing year-round sales throughout the country. Although some legal analysts say EPA has the authority to grant E15 the same waiver, they have refused to do so. Without the waiver, approximately 60 percent of the country can only sell E15 from June 1-September 15. If the bill passed, more retailers would be expected to offer E15.
“We urge Congress to step up and remove the single largest regulatory hurdle to ensure consumer access to higher ethanol blends.”