The Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) control season stems from an outdated regulation that hasn’t been updated since 1990, forcing gas stations to restrict their sales of E15 (gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol) to flex fuel vehicles only, or remove it from sale altogether between June 1 and September 15. A key waiver that was extended to fuels containing zero to 10 percent ethanol in 1990 – in large part because these fuels lowered tailpipe emissions and carbon monoxide – was not extended to E15 because higher blends were not yet conceived when the law was written. This severely inhibits the ability of fuel retailers to sell E15, a federally approved fuel for all cars 2001 and newer that boosts octane, saves consumers up to 10 cents per gallon at the pump, and reduces harmful emissions. Essentially, this outdated regulation means that when gas prices are at their peak during the summer, consumers are denied the choice of an affordable, cleaner option at the pump.
Fortunately, the bipartisan Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S.517/H.R.1311) was introduced by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA) in March that simply adds two words to the 1990 law, extending the RVP waiver to fuel with 10 or more percent ethanol, allowing retailers across the country to offer more biofuel choices to customers year-round.
Take action today and tell your elected officials to stand up for consumer choice and lower prices at the gas pump by supporting the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act!