US Supreme Court strikes down challenges to E15

24 June 2013 16:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Supreme Court on Monday has decided not to consider a lawsuit that would block the sales of gasoline blended at 15% ethanol (E15).

The lawsuit was filed by a group of trade associations representing the oil and gas, restaurant and livestock industries.

They contend that the widespread availability of E15 may damage older cars, in addition to boats, motorcycles and other gasoline engines.

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) lambasted the decision, saying the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when it granted partial waivers to allow the use of E15.

“The court reached this conclusion despite the fact that refiners are forced to produce new gasoline blendstocks, invest in the infrastructure necessary to carry two types of fuels, and face potential liabilities from engine damage because of EPA’s decision,” the AFPM said.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) chief executive Bob Dineen lauded the high court’s action.

“I am pleased that today’s Supreme Court action ends a long and drawn-out petroleum industry effort to derail the commercialization of E15. The uncertainty created by this lawsuit has chilled commercial activity that would provide American consumers more affordable choices at the pump. With this decision, E15 can finally become a meaningful option for more Americans.”

By: Bobbie Clark
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