US EPA schedules hearing March 29 on proposed E15/RIN reform rule

By Erin Voegele | March 20, 2019

The U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing on its proposed E15/RIN reform rule on March 29 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end when all parties present who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so. Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by March 26. Specific registration information is available in a notice published in the Federal Register March 18.  

The EPA released the proposed E15/RIN reform rule March 12. It includes regulatory changes to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to take advantage of the 1-pound-per-square-inch Reid vapor pressure (RVP) wavier that currently applies to E10 during the summer months. The proposed rule also seeks to implement regulatory changes to modify certain elements of the renewable identification number (RIN) compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The public hearing scheduled for March 29 will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposal. The EPA may ask clarifying questions during the oral presentations, but will not respond to the presentations at that time. Written statements and supporting information submitted during the comment period will be considered with the same weight as any oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing.

Written comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by April 29 and can be filed online at under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0775

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