US ethanol trade group decries proposed E-15 label as ‘alarmist’

22 February 2011 02:02  [Source: ICIS news]

PHOENIX, Arizona (ICIS)--A proposed US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label that warns 15% ethanol fuel blend (E-15) could damage some vehicles is “unnecessarily alarmist and unsupported by the record", the president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said on Monday.

The EPA “can’t justify a [pump] label that says ‘this fuel may damage other vehicles’," said RFA president Bob Dinneen at the National Ethanol Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

The EPA had granted a waiver allowing E-15 ethanol blends in cars built from the year 2001, but the action did not include E-15 blends for motorcycles, vehicles with heavy duty engines, buses, off-road vehicles, lawn mowers and chainsaws.

“Exempt lawn mowers if you need to, but there is no evidence suggesting an issue with any vehicle,” Dinneen said. “EPA’s label must go.”

Dinneen said his group would push for the EPA to make E-15 available to all vehicles.

He added: “2001 and newer cars represent approximately 60% of the vehicle fleet. And while that’s a good start and it will grow as newer vehicles replace the legacy fleet, it still leaves far too many consumers without an option to use E-15 and it undermines the potential marketplace impact of EPA’s decision.”

The 16th annual National Ethanol Conference ends on Tuesday.

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By: Brian Ford
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