EPA opens comment period on E15 information collection request

By Erin Voegele | March 31, 2015

On March 24, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register opening a 60-day comment period on an information collection request it plans to submit to the Office of Management and Budget regarding E15.

In the notice, the EPA provides a brief historical account of its E15 approval process, noting that it has granted partial waivers for E15 under the Clean Air Act for model year 2001 and newer light-duty motor vehicles. In addition to approving the E15 waiver, the agency has also issued a final rule establishing several measures to mitigate misfueling. That rule prohibits the use of gasoline greater than E10 in vehicles, engines and equipment not covered by the waiver, establishes specific labeling requirements for E15, and requires that product transfer documents (PTDs) specifying ethanol content and Reid vapor pressure (RVP) accompany the transfer of gasoline blended with ethanol. In addition, the rule requires a survey of retail stations to ensure compliance with these requirements. The rule also modifies the reformulated gasoline program by updating the complex model to allow fuel manufacturers to certify batches of gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol. According to the EPA, its planned information collection request addresses the recordkeeping and reporting items associated with that rule.

Response to the information collection request will be mandatory. The EPA indicated it expects to collect information from 2,103 respondents.

The Federal Register notice also specifies the EPA is soliciting public comments on specific aspects of the proposed information collection. The information collection request will become active once it is approved by the OMB and displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Comments on the information collection request are due May 26. Comments can be submitted online at Regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0202, or by email or mail. Additional information on how to submit comments is available on the Federal Register website.