ACE urges EPA comments by ethanol advocates 

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly established Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force was formed in response to Executive Order 13777 to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced and modified to make them less burdensome.

The comment period is open through May 15.  ACE encouraged ethanol advocates to submit their own comments to EPA’s regulatory reform effort, and address:

• Allow Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief to E15 and higher ethanol blends.

• Update the lifecycle analysis of corn ethanol.

• Modify EPA’s mistaken interpretation of Section 211(f) of the Clean Air Act, because it currently limits the concentration of ethanol in fuel without cause.

• Streamline the approval process for high-octane fuels such as E25-40 blends.

• Adjust fuel economy (CAFE) compliance to allow flex fuel vehicles to utilize the same incentives that are provided to other alternative vehicles.

• Discontinue use of the MOVES2014 emissions model until a new emissions study based on real-world test fuels and methods is conducted.

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