EPA directed to expand E15 fuel waivers, increase RIN transparency

Agency told to initiate rulemaking for consideration of issues

Posted October 15, 2018

The White House has directed EPA to initiate rulemaking to consider expanding fuel waivers for E15 (gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol) and increasing transparency in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market.

The rulemaking would propose to allow E15 to be sold all year as opposed to only eight months per year, and would consider the following reforms to RINs:

  • Prohibiting entities other than obligated parties from purchasing separated RINs.
  • Requiring public disclosure when RIN holdings held by an individual actor exceed specified limits.
  • Limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs.
  • Requiring the retirement of RINs for the purpose of compliance be made in real time.

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