• Trump Administration Lifts E15 Gasoline Restraints

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    Last week, EPA released its final rule to allow gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol (E15) to receive a year-round 1 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver during the summer months. Before this final rule, E15 was not allowed to be sold in some regions of the United States from June 1 to September 15. 

    In addition to the RVP waiver for E15, EPA also made several changes to the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). EPA said the RIN compliance changes are designed to increase transparency and deter price manipulation.  The final rule requires public disclosure when RIN holdings exceed specified thresholds and additional collection of data to improve market transparency and enhance EPA oversight.

    The final rule goes into effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    TFFA will soon prepare information on the labeling requirements for Texas retailers.  Retailers will also need to assure their current Underground Storage Tank (UST) systems are compatible for storage and dispensing of higher blends of ethanol fuels.  TFFA recommends retailers contact their UST tank and pump service vendor(s) to get a complete picture of potential compatibility issues.

    For questions, contact Scott B. Fisher, Senior VP of Public & policy Affairs, 512.617.4308 /sfisher@tffa.com

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