Michigan: Attend March 29 Public Hearing on EPA Proposal to Expand the Sale of E-15 Gasoline

If you would like to attend the EPA’s hearing in Ypsilanti, please RSVP now:

WHEN: Friday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest  
1275 S Huron Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Overview: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation that would allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15).  It is important that the EPA hears from automotive enthusiasts who oppose the expanded sales of E15 at this public hearing on Friday, March 29, in Ypsilanti, MI.

If finalized, the EPA would overturn its long-standing prohibition on the sale of E15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which currently allows E10 sales during the summer months.  The EPA’s effort to allow year-round E15 sales would expand the number of gas stations selling gasoline blended with higher amounts of ethanol.

SEMA opposes this proposed rulemaking and the expansion of the sale of E15. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 to achieve the Renewable Fuel Standard’s artificial mandates to blend large volumes of ethanol into gasoline sold in the United States.  Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to high-performance parts and vehicles manufactured prior to 2001.  

RSVP Information: If you plan to attend the hearing or speak about the rulemaking, please email the EPA using the contact button above.

Submit written comments opposing the EPA’s proposed rule to expand E15 sales, contact the agency (April 22 deadline) using the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0775-0002  Talking points to include in your comment are posted at this SAN website link