The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday gave the final approval to move forward with the sale of E15 ethanol blends. The final issue preventing E15 from moving forward focused on residual fuel left in the hose of single hose pumps that would offer E15 and other fuels. Most importantly, this announcement knocks down the lone, significant regulatory hurdle standing in the way of getting E15 into the marketplace for passenger vehicles 2001 and newer. With guidance on that issue from the EPA, fuel providers and retailers wishing to sell E15 can do so provided they register with EPA and follow approved misfueling mitigation protocols.
Responding to this news, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement is a victory for American consumers. Since filing the Green Jobs waiver three years ago, the ethanol industry has worked extensively with the EPA to meet the conditions they placed on the approval of the waiver last year. At each step along the way, the industry has done its part to meet these conditions to get E15 into the marketplace.
“The ethanol industry is grateful for the support from the White House and the numerous agencies involved in bringing this fuel to the marketplace. Clearly this administration understands that ethanol plays a significant role in reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
“Now, America is changing the way it fuels up. Higher level ethanol blends, like E15, offer consumers greater choice at the pump while further reducing our dependence on imported oil. From more than three decades, ethanol has been proven a safe and effective fuel component, reducing tailpipe emissions and improving the quality of our air, while simultaneously providing the much-needed octane to help boost engine performance.
“Ethanol is reducing our addition to foreign oil, lowering the price of gasoline, and creating domestic jobs that cannot be outsourced. Offering E15 is a win-win for American consumers seeking the real options of a cost-effective fuel, which leads to a cleaner environment and increased energy security in America.”
Source: Growth Energy
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) today praised the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of several retailers to legally sell E15 blends for use in cars built in model year 2001 and newer.
The EPA previously approved ethanol producers who want their fuel used in E15, as well as plans for minimizing potential misfueling at the pump, and an independent third-party survey to assure the consistency and quality of E15 ethanol blends nationwide.
ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty, says today’s announcement is welcome news.
“This announcement means E15 will finally be offered to consumers, and they can decide for themselves what kind of fuel they want to put in their cars. We are confident that when consumers try E15, they will find it’s a safe, quality fuel that costs less than gasoline and runs well in their car, and they will continue to buy it.” Lamberty said.
E15 blends were approved for use in cars 2001 and newer earlier this year by the EPA.
Source: American Coalition for Ethanol