The National Corn Growers Association applauds Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) for recently introducing the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, a bill that would ultimately increase the availability of E15 in the marketplace. A key component of the Grassley/Paul bill is the extension of one pound waiver to E15 fuel. “Consumers should have access to higher blends of clean, renewable fuel year-round. This legislation would remove a regulatory hurdle to that access, and give consumers more choices at the pump,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Maryland.
Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) measures the evaporation rate of gasoline. EPA has granted a 1 p.s.i. waiver to E10 blends allowing year-round sales throughout the country. Although E15 has a slightly lower RVP than E10, EPA refuses to grant E15 the same waiver. Without this waiver, approximately 60 percent of the country can only fuel FFVs with E15 from June 1 – September 15. If the bill passed, NCGA expects far more retailers would offer E15 since they can sell it to all customers year-round.
“We applaud Senators Grassley and Paul for their leadership on this issue, and we urge Congress to pass this bill,” said Bowling.