US EPA approves new plan for retailers selling E15, E10

07 February 2013 23:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it has approved a new blender pump configuration for retailers that want to dispense E15 and E10 with a common hose and nozzle.

Submitted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the configuration said retailers must provide a fuel pump with at least one hose and nozzle that dispenses E10, a gasoline blend that contains no more than 10% of ethanol, the EPA said.

E15 is a higher octane fuel blending 85% of gasoline and 15% of ethanol that was approved by the EPA for use in vehicles made after 2001. US fuelling stations began selling E15 in July 2012.

There were concerns that dispensing E10 and E15 through a common hose and nozzle leaves residual fuel and result in inadvertent misfuelling of vehicles not covered to use E15, the EPA said.

To address the issue, the RFA developed a configuration that requires a minimum purchase of four gallons from each blender pump.

“Such an approach would prevent misfuelling by diluting any residual E15 left in the hose from the previous sale of E15,” the EPA said.

The federal agency approved the RFA plan, but motorcycle owners and lawn mower manufacturers said the configuration does not address their products that have smaller gas tanks.

In response, the RFA developed the new configuration, which would provide retailers additional flexibility in offering E15.

“With this new change, we expect to see additional interest in E15 and an increased availability thereby provided American drivers with a product that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also benefiting the environment,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA president and CEO.

“This is just another example of our commitment to continuous improvement when it comes to offering E15 at the retail level. We clearly heard stakeholders’ concerns and we moved quickly to address them.”

The trade group has updated the RFA’s 15 Retail Advisory, which provides retailers that want to sell E15 guidelines for doing so, to include the new configuration.

Retailers must display appropriate labelling to give customers important information about their products.

By: Tracy Dang
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