AFPM asks US Supreme Court to take up E-15 mandate

12 April 2013 23:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) group has petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn an August 2012 decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that dismissed challenges to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) partial approval of the E-15 mandate, the AFPM announced on Friday.

The AFPM joins the American Petroleum Institute (API) in asking that the Supreme Court take up the matter.

The EPA has authorised a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline – to 15% of the gasoline blend from the previous 10% – for newer-model year automobiles, while maintaining a prohibition on the mid-level ethanol blend use in older vehicles, marine engines, motorcycles and gasoline-powered equipment.

The EPA and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) have maintained that E-15 is safe for vehicles made in model year 2001 or later.

But the AFPM and a coalition of other stakeholders, such as auto and engine manufacturers, contend that E-15 can and will cause damage to engines and fuelling infrastructure and could open refiners and gasoline-powered equipment manufacturers to broad liability claims from consumers.

Earlier this week, US refiners urged federal officials to abandon plans to make higher ethanol blended gasoline available to consumers, saying that the action could cause widespread economic damage.

The AFPM filed formal comments to the EPA, arguing that the EPA’s proposed ethanol consumption mandates for this year “are divorced from reality”.

Additional reporting by Tracy Dang and Joe Kamalick

By: Jeremy Pafford
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