• Jun 29, 2011

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content) warning label. This label is to be applied to all pumps that dispense E15 and is intended to make sure drivers use the correct fuel blend for their vehicles. The EPA says that E15 can be safely used in some 150 million vehicles on the roads in the U.S., but it remains unclear if fueling stations will be willing to dispense E15.

This sticker differs from the proposed orange warning label released by the EPA back in October 2010. Basically, the black and orange sticker replaces "Caution!" with "Attention," simplifies the description of E15-approved vehicles and adds "boat" and "gasoline-powered equipment" into the list of vehicles that should not get E15.

The sticker is not good enough for some. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, for example, said the, "EPA's decision to rely solely on retail gasoline pump labels to protect consumers from misfueling with gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is woefully inadequate." However, Growth Energy, an ethanol trade group, says that home-grown, corn-based fuel has been rigorously tested and deemed safe for use in all 2001 and newer vehicles.

[Source: Environmental Protection Agency]
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EPA Finalizes E15 Pump Labeling Requirements/New labels will help consumers find the right fuel for their vehicles

Release date: 06/28/2011

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements for gasoline blends containing more than 10 and up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. These requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market.

The new orange and black label must appear on fuel pumps that dispense E15. This label will help inform consumers about which vehicles can use E15. This label will also warn consumers against using E15 in vehicles older than model year 2001, motorcycles, watercraft, and gasoline-powered equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.

Over the past year, EPA issued two partial waivers under the Clean Air Act that in sum allow E15 to be sold for use in model year 2001 and newer cars and light trucks. EPA based its waiver decisions on testing and analysis showing that these vehicles could continue to meet emission standards if operated on E15. However, EPA does not mandate the use of E15, nor has the agency registered the fuel, which is required before E15 can be legally sold for use in conventional vehicles.

The E15 pump label requirements, developed in coordination with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), adopt elements of FTC's existing labels for alternative fuels to promote consistent labeling. The rule also includes a prohibition against misfueling with E15; a requirement to track E15 and other fuels as they move through the fuel supply chain so that E15 can be properly blended and labeled; and a quarterly survey to help ensure that gas pumps dispensing E15 are properly labeled. In addition, it modifies the Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Program to allow fuel producers to certify batches of E15 as complying with RFG standards.

This action will help to further reduce the risks of potential misfueling that could result in damage to the vehicle or equipment and in associated emission increases that pose threats to human health and the environment.

EPA is also issuing guidance on the compatibility of underground storage tanks (USTs) with gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol or diesel containing greater than 20 percent biodiesel. The guidance is intended to assist UST owners and operators in meeting the existing federal UST compatibility requirements.

More information and to view the pump labels: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/index.htm

The UST guidance: http://www.epa.gov/oust/altfuels/biofuelsguidance.htm


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      xxxZOMBIExxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to think that the EPA of all organizations should know that E15 is a bad idea for so many reasons...of course I would also like to think that Santa would bring me a One of kind Electric Nissan GTR with a 500 mile range for Christmas.... Realistically, both have about the same chance of happening: none at all.
      uncle_sam
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is prohobited to use E15 in other vehicles? HOW COULD THEY? I mean I know what I am doing and pour E85 + E10 => E70 in my prius. Been doing that for 50.000 miles. Never failed, untill a truck PLOWED into it. *sigh* just say use at own risk and you are done. Why has john doe to be treated like a baby. I am a fan of ethanol. It is made of sugar beets and low grade grain in germany. so no nasty corn beeing used. every car I put E30 to E70 in ran much quiter and softer than on gas. I would suggest. stop using corn for ethanol. it makes no sense. ethanol is not bad, but grow/produce it wisely.
        EVnerdGene
        • 3 Years Ago
        @uncle_sam
        Toyota would probably like to hear about how you are abusing your engine. Would probably have a good laugh and void your warranty - proto.
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @uncle_sam
        That's a detail I also don't understand. Why isn't it just my own risk, if I use it on a vehicle, for which nobody guarantees?
      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      mo fuelishness in warshington dc. food prices go higher more evaporative emissions less gas mileage more national debt more older cars, boats, off-road equipment, and lawn equipment damaged
      dmay
      • 3 Years Ago
      The thing that's frustrating about this, to me more than anything, is that this is now yet ANOTHER pump that must be added to stations. Now you are going to have a pumps for 84, 87, 93, Diesel, E85, and and now E15. Its great that they were able to okay E15 cars as old as 2001 (which would be most of the cars on the road) but we will still need the other pumps for the boats, lawn equipment and everything else. I wish they would just say that every ICE engine from here on out has to take E85, and begin phasing out regular gasoline. (Not that I'm such a fan of ethanol, but it's starting to get needlessly confusing for consumers.)
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dmay
        It would be better to get rid of the heavily subsidized E85 and E15 and only use ethanol in RFG approved for all vehicles... much more simple. One standard for all cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dmay
        Where do you have 84 octane gas? I've only seen 85 in Colorado, and 87+ elsewhere.