The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets rules about the amount of ethanol found in gasoline that flows from the nation's pump. The current standard for blending ethanol with gasoline stands at ten percent (E10). With farmers holding pitchforks in the air in anger because they want to put more corn into cars, the EPA agreed to consider raising the ethanol blend to 15 percent (E15), a move that would avoid hitting the blend wall. As Green Car Advisor reports, the time to decide whether or not to move to E15 has come but, once again, the EPA has punted on making a decision.
We can see those pitchforks raising up even higher now because the EPA has decided that more testing is needed before a final decision will be made. It wants to further test the possible side effects of running an E15 blend in modern vehicles. Reports have surfaced claiming that E15 could ultimately damage modern engines and the EPA understandably doesn't want to make a choice that could leave us stranded by the roadside. When will the EPA decide on E15? The decision was supposed to come last December, then it was moved to this June. Now, who knows?

[Source: Green Car Advisor]


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