October 19 (Renewables Now) - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to publish its draft rule about lifting the summertime ban on E15, gasoline that contains up to 15% ethanol, by February, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing an EPA filing.
According to the submission to the Office of Management and Budget, the agency is looking to complete deliberations on the change by May.
US president Donald Trump last week directed EPA to initiate a rulemaking to eliminate the ban. He made the announcement at a campaign rally in Iowa.
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) expressed hope then that the rule would become a fact before next summer's driving season.
EPA currently bans E15 sales during the summer, due to concerns that it exacerbates smog.