Comment period on E15/RIN market reform rule to close April 29

By Erin Voegele | April 22, 2019

Members of the public who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed E15/RIN market reform rule have less than one week to do so. The comment period on the proposal closes April 29. As of April 22, more than 25,000 comments have already been filed.

The EPA released the proposed E15/RIN market reform rule March 12. It includes regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to take advantage of the 1-pound-per-square-inch Reid vapor pressure (RVP) wavier that currently applies to E10 during the summer months.

The proposed rule also seeks to implement regulatory changes to modify certain elements of the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Within the rulemaking, the EPA proposes four specific RIN market reforms. This includes requiring public disclosure when holdings of D6 RINS exceed specified thresholds, increasing the compliance frequency of the program from annually to quarterly, prohibiting certain parties from being able to purchase separated RINs, and limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs.

Written comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by April 29 and can be filed online at www.Regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0775