29 June 2011 03:10 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised a label that warns that the 15% ethanol fuel blend (E-15) could damage some vehicles, but refiners and boaters warned on Tuesday that the action is inadequate.
The label is part of the EPA’s final rule aimed at softening the potential for misfueling, or the wrong use of the fuel in certain vehicles, engines and equipment as a result of the agency’s waiver allowing E-15 ethanol blends.
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.
National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) president Charles Drevna said, “The EPA’s decision to rely solely on retail gasoline pump labels to protect consumers from misfueling with gasoline containing 15% ethanol is woefully inadequate and compounds the fundamental mistakes EPA made in approving the sale of E-15 in 2010.”
Drevna said the E-15 rule would cause millions of Americans to put the wrong fuel in vehicles and gasoline-powered equipment, resulting in costly repair bills, Drevna warned.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) also expressed concern that the labels were inadequate prevention against misfueling.
“In addition, the rule does not ensure compatible fuels remain available for the nation’s 13m registered boat owners or the hundreds of millions of owners of gasoline-powered equipment,” the NMMA said.
The EPA denied a petition to require gasoline retail stations to make 10% ethanol fuel blends available for vehicles, engines, and equipment not covered under the E-15 rule.
“As the transition to E-15 occurs, we will work with fuel producers, distributors, and marketers to monitor the availability of E-15, E-10, and E-0 [pure gasoline] so that any potential availability problems in the marketplace can be anticipated and prevented,” the EPA said.
Additional reporting by William Lemos
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