The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow the sale of E15 gasoline (gasoline that uses a 15% blend of ethanol) during the summer driving season.
The EPA’s emergency fuel waiver will take effect May 1 when terminal operators would otherwise be unable to sell E15 in affected areas of the country and will last for the legal maximum of 20 days. EPA will continue to monitor supply with industry and federal partners, and the agency plans to issue new waivers that effectively extend the emergency fuel exemption until extreme and unusual circumstances d fuel supplies due to the war in Ukraine are no longer present.
“We commend Administrator Regan and his team at the EPA for moving quickly and decisively to implement the emergency fuel waiver recently announced by President Biden,” said Geoff Cooper, Chairman and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. “Today’s emergency waiver will ensure that cost-conscious drivers across the country will continue to have access to more affordable E15 throughout the summer. The price of the E15 blend has generally been 20 30 cents per gallon lower than regular gasoline in recent months, providing significant relief to consumers in this time of high inflation.
American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings said: “While we are grateful to the EPA for their intention to issue new waivers effectively covering the 2022 summer season, a remedy to expand consumer access to E15 in the long term is still needed. That’s why we encourage Administrator Regan to respond to the formal request from the bipartisan group of governors to allow year-round E15 access in their states and to work with Congress on a legislative solution.
The waiver follows an April 12 announcement by President Biden at an Iowa ethanol plant that the administration would take the step to help increase fuel supply and give consumers more choice at the pump. .