EPA seeks comments on E15 information collection request

By Erin Voegele | November 20, 2019

The U.S. EPA is seeking additional comments on a proposed extension of a recently expired information collection request (ICR) related to E15 regarding recordkeeping and reporting requirements associated with the agency’s waivers to allow model year 2001 and newer vehicles to be fueled with E15.

According to the notice, that partial waiver prohibits the use of E15 in vehicles and equipment not covered by the partial waiver; requires specific labeling for E15 dispensers; requires E15 and related product transfer documents to contain certain information; and requires ethanol producers, gasoline refiners, blenders and related parties to conduct a survey of retail stations to monitor compliance with these requirements and submit periodic reports. In addition, to comply with conditions in the partial waiver, each survey party must implement a misfueling mitigation plan. The EPA said the ICR, which was  previously approved through Oct. 31, 2019, covers the associated record keeping and reporting requirements. 

The EPA initially published a notice in the Federal Register on March 18, 2019, soliciting comments and information to evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility. The EPA also sought comments that evaluate the accuracy of its estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. In addition, the agency sought on how to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected, and on ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond. 

Respondents/affected entities covered by the proposed ICR include ethanol producers and importers, gasoline refiners, importers, terminal, distributors, retailers, and wholesale purchaser-consumers. The EPA estimates the total number of respondents at 2,604.

An initial 60-day comment period was open through May 17. A second notice published in the Federal Register on Oct. 30 allows for an additional 30 days for public comments.

Comments can be filed online through Nov. 29 at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0202.  A full copy of the notice is available on the Federal Register website.