Hoeven Statement on Administration’s Announcement on Year-Round E15

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to include 15% ethanol blended gasoline (E15) and stabilize the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market. 

“The president has now directed both the EPA and the USDA to address the RVP issue, which will enable E15 to be sold year-round. This is a helpful for farmers who will have increased market for their products as well as consumers who will have more options at the fuel pump. At the same time, EPA needs to address the small refinery exemption to increase transparency and ensure that it works for both traditional and renewable energy producers. We look forward to reviewing EPA’s proposed rule to ensure that it works for both traditional and renewable energy producers.” 

Hoeven has spoken with both U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to encourage them to address the RVP issue and to improve transparency in the small refinery exemption to ensure that the renewable fuel standard is fair to both renewable and traditional industries.