U.S. EPA considering E15 labeling changes at gas pumps: sources

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States Environmental Protection Agency is considering changing labels for gasoline containing more blends of ethanol, or E15, in a bid to allay concerns in the biofuels industry according to which current labels discourage the use of fuel, according to four familiar sources. with matter.

Expanding the market for E15 has long been a policy goal for farmers and producers of ethanol, a corn product, but fears that some older vehicles might not perform well with the product have been a headwind. . Current federal E15 labels warn of possible engine damage.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, tried to build support in the agricultural belt ahead of the election with announcements favorable to biofuel advocates.

An announcement for a proposal on the labeling changes could come soon, two of the sources said. None of the sources could say exactly how the administration might change the labeling.

The EPA and the White House did not immediately comment.

President Donald Trump said in a mid-September tweet that he would allow states to allow fuel retailers to use their current pumps to sell E15.

Under US law, refiners must mix billions of gallons of biofuels into their fuel supply or buy credits from those who do. Refiners who prove that the requirements are harming them financially may be granted waivers of the obligations.

The so-called small refinery exemptions, or SREs, have been a lightning rod of controversy between the corn and oil lobbies. Biofuels advocates say the exemptions are hurting demand for their product, while the oil industry denies this and says the exemptions help small refiners stay afloat.

In September, the Trump administration sided with farmers in the ongoing debate when it rejected numerous requests from refiners for waivers that would have retroactively saved them from their obligation.

Reporting by Stephanie Kelly; edited by Richard Pullin

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-27 04:16:10.

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