Peterson Statement: Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Mar 3, 2017

Congressman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., yesterday joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The legislation lifts the summertime ban on E15 gasoline, allowing the renewable fuel to be sold year-round.

The bill would grant a one-pound per square inch ethanol waiver for applicable Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limitations for fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol between June 1 and September 15. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently prohibits E15 fuel sales in non-flex fuel vehicles during the summer months when most driving occurs due to fuel volatility limits.

“This bill is about reducing confusion for retailers and providing more fuel choices for consumers. This RVP fix is a common sense measure that grants the consistent sale of E15 at gas stations, a fuel that has become increasingly popular in Minnesota,” said Congressman Peterson.