29 Jun '11, 2am

New EPA E15 label won't keep higher ethanol blends from polluting our air

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency issued labeling requirements for fuel pumps dispensing E15—a blend of gasoline that contains up to 15% ethanol. This announcement follows up on EPA’s expansion earlier this year of a partial waiver allowing E15 to be used in all cars and trucks made after 2001. The new label cautions consumers not to use the fuel in vehicles older than model year 2001, motorcycles, watercraft, and other gasoline-powered equipment, and even warns that doing so is against the law. Why are these types of warnings necessary? Because using E15 in these vehicles, which are not fitted with technologies that help them adapt to ethanol’s corrosive impacts on tailpipes, risks increasing toxic tailpipe emissions, with serious impacts on the air we breathe. Given the magnitude of the threat to public health and the environment of E15 blends, relying on consum...

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