EPA to Allow E15 Summertime Sales

The EPA announced on Friday that it was using its emergency waiver authority to allow for the sale of E15 this summer (from June 1 to September 15). This is the third year in a row that EPA has taken this action. The waiver will temporarily exempt E15 from restrictions that in effect block sales across the country during the warmest months of the year. Details on the waiver can be found here.

The move comes after weeks of lobbying by lawmakers from corn producing states dissatisfied with the EPA’s decision to delay an RVP waiver request from 8 Midwest governors that would allow year-round E15 sales in those states. The E15 emergency waiver will temporarily exempt E15 from RVP volatility requirements that effectively block sales during the summertime driving season.

To justify the emergency waiver, the EPA cites similar conditions that provided the foundation for a series of the temporary waivers last year. At the time, the EPA said that the fuel volatility waiver for E15 was in the public interest to address fuel supply shortages caused by the war in Ukraine and the Middle East.