Ethanol in Gasoline regulation mandates that gasoline placed in the Ontario market contain an annual average of at least 5 per cent ethanol content by volume. In recognition of its broad environmental benefits, volumes of fuels meeting the definition of cellulosic ethanol are multiplied by 2.5 when determining compliance.
The proposed amendments would allow municipal solid waste to qualify for the cellulosic ethanol multiplier in proportion to the demonstrated bio-based content of post-diverted feedstock. The proportion of 'bio-based' content would have to be demonstrated using the carbon test methodology ASTM D6866-12 "Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis" and calculated in accordance with O. Reg. 535/05 Section 4.
Fuel suppliers will continue to be required to keep records necessary to verify the information in each compliance report for a period of seven years following the end of the relevant compliance year.
The proposed amendments would also streamline the regulation by removing portions that are no longer applicable: outdated implementation references to Northern Ontario and to fuel produced for a limited time under a fuel quality variance.
The proposal has been posted for 60-day public review commencing Feb. 1, 2016. Questions and comments must be received by April 1, 2016. All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record.