Year-Round E15 Act introduced in U.S. House

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that would allow E15 to be sold during the 2024 summer driving season.

Congressman Zach Nunn says the Year-Round E15 Act wouldn’t have been necessary if the U.S. EPA would have enacted year-round sales beginning this year.

“This year, (the EPA) is not budging,” he said. “They’re talking about allowing E15 in the out years. I’ve asked the secretary of agriculture to weigh in in support of this. They were not able to be of assistance. We’ve asked the EPA repeatedly to lift this waiver and they’ve been nonresponsive.”

The Iowa Republican tells Brownfield the legislation has received bipartisan support, but Congress faces a short window to get it passed.

“We’ve got to have this done before May,” Nunn said. “The waiver would need to either be approved or the legislation signed by that time, and I feel very confident that we can move forward together on this.”

Nunn says the bill would extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent to allow for year-round E15 sales in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Year-Round E15 Act is co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Adrian Smith (NE-03), Nikki Budzinski (IL-13), Brad Finstad (MN-01), Eric Sorensen (IL-17), and Don Bacon (NE-02).

AUDIO: Congressman Zach Nunn – Ag Issues Update