The US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works decided Friday to not consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311) before August recess.
The Bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Deb Fisher (R-NE), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), aimed to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10pc, providing E15 ethanol a yearlong market presence.
“We are disappointed the EPW committee decided not to consider the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) before August recess. We will continue to work with our bipartisan sponsors to enact this bill to provide drivers across the country cleaner fuel options year-round that are better for the environment and save Americans money every time they fill up the gas tank,” said ethanol trade association, Growth Energy, chief executive Emily Skor.
While the Senate decision strikes a major blow to the US ethanol industry in the short term, it remains unclear if the bill will be revitalized on 5 September, when the Senate reconvenes for the fall session.