EPA approves E15 usage
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Posted by: Matt Gruhn
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency recently approved usage of an ethanol blend of up to 15 percent in
gasoline. This gasoline blend is
approved for automobiles but not on boats.
The problem with this is that many consumers will fuel their vehicles and boats at the
same pumps. It is clearly a decision that will confuse many. The EPA must
proceed through several more steps before the E15 blend will appear at the
pump, including state approval and structural changes to gas stations to ensure
tanks are compatible with the new blend formula.
The House Committee on Science, Space
and Technology approved a bill, H.R. 3199, on February 7 by a vote of 19 Yes to
7 No that would require a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and
technical research on the implications of fuel with more than 10 percent
ethanol. Specifically, the bill
recommends that the assessment compare mid-level ethanol blends of 15 to 20
percent to gasoline with blends of 0 to 10 percent. It would require an evaluation of the
environment, safety, durability, and performance effects of mid-level blends on
on-road, non-road, and marine engines, on-road and non-road vehicles, and
In addition, the National Marine Manufacturers Association continues with its
law suit in the D.C. Circuit Court, which challenges the EPA action. Oral arguments are scheduled for April 17.