EPA Announcement on Ethanol
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 4:37:13 CST
Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency waived a limitation on selling gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol for model year 2001 through 2006 passenger vehicles, including cars, SUVs, and light pickup trucks. The waiver applies to fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15. The decision was based on testing conducted by the Department of Energy, and other available data.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said - recently completed testing and data analysis show that E15 does not harm emissions control equipment in newer cars and light trucks. The Agency also announced that no waiver is being granted this year for E15 use in any motorcycles, heavy-duty vehicles, or non-road engines because current testing data does not support such a waiver.
EPA granted the waiver after considering the E15 petition submitted in march 2009 by Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers. Already, EPA is developing requirements to ensure that E15 is properly labeled at the gas pump. The label will be designed to prevent refueling into vehicles, engines, and equipment not currently approved for the higher ethanol blend.
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