Perdue: EPA Will Approve Year-Round E15 by June 1 Deadline

March 1, 2019 11:57 AM

The on-again, off-again saga of EPA rulemaking for year-round sales of 15% ethanol blended fuels is back on, according to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.  He told the grower delegations at Commodity Classic in Orlando Friday that newly-confirmed EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has found a way to finish the rulemaking in time for the summer driving season.

“There’s nothing like confirmation processes to get you moving faster, and he (Wheeler) had his confirmation hearing this week,” Perdue explained. “He figured out how to get the rule done by June the first for E15 year-round, and he was confirmed yesterday. So congratulations Mr. Wheeler.”

EPA approved the use of E15 in all vehicles made in 2001 or later back in 2011, but regulations limited use of the fuel to winter months.  President Donald Trump promised in October 2018 to open up use of the fuel year-round, but the change has been subject to a lengthy rule making process that was delayed by the government shutdown.

Meanwhile, Secretary Perdue urged his EPA counterpart to send public signals to the marketplace that E15 will be ready for the summer driving season.

“I'm going to encourage him to send a signal out to the industry that it will be done. And frankly, he had told me about discretionary enforcement meaning that we're going to turn off our radars and not check out fast you’re going in that effort. So I'm hoping he'll go ahead and say that on the record and send the signal to the people that they can proceed with E15 through the summer this year.”

Summer blend fuels kick in June 1, so stations will have to end sales of E15 for non flex-fuel vehicles on that date if the new rules are not in place.

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Spell Check

Small Town, KS
3/1/2019 12:17 PM

  Because of E15 etc., the price of vehicles cost more to manufacture and does nothing to help reduction of emissions. But it does cause poorer gas mileage and damage to engines, etc.

aberdeen, SD
3/1/2019 05:21 PM

  Bob do you work or have an investment in the oil industry? Using E30 my mileage only went down 1 tenth of a mile or stayed the same with a non flex fuel vehicle. With the lower price alone E30 has better value and less toxins out the tailpipe.

michael garrett
3/2/2019 10:04 AM

  Hey Bob, Not to pick on you but you don't know what ur talking about. I have a 1954 tractor that i run on E10 and been doing for the last 20 years. I know its only E10 but the way i see it you'd rather support the foreign countries for ur fuel/oil. We all have to get along and I would think we should use everything possible of are own products we the U S A could produce first. And by the way I do use it iin all my vehicle too. (2 cars, 2 pickups, and 1 suv) and they all run fine and as far as my 4 cylinder car with a turbo it gets 33 to 34 mpg and I don't think regular is going to help get any more. Sorry but have a great day.


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