American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings commended 18 bipartisan senators for their letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt today to carry out the president’s recent commitment to allow the sale of E15 year-round.

The letter seeks information and a transparent timeline on the regulatory pathway forward to address the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) issue which would allow E15 and higher ethanol blends market access all year. The letter also asks for immediate clarity to allow higher ethanol blends to be sold in the interim while the outdated regulation is being changed, as the low-RVP season looms only one month away.

“We strongly support the call by nearly 20 U.S. Senators for EPA to allow the use of E15 this summer while the Agency makes good on President Trump’s promise to correct the outdated Reid vapor pressure interpretation,” Jennings said.

“It is unacceptable for EPA to drag its feet to allow E15 and higher ethanol use year-round while it makes time to rubber stamp so-called ‘hardship’ waivers enabling refiners to escape their legal responsibility to blend ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

“ACE members applaud the strong bipartisan leadership demonstrated by the senators.”

The full letter is available here.