Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially issued its finalized E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol content) warning label, there's widespread belief that the recently approved biofuel will be coming to gasoline stations soon. Just a quick FYI: that's not likely to be the case.

The Government Accountability Office says that health, safety, cost and environmental concerns will probably keep E15 away from the pumps for a year or more. The GAO claims that nozzles, underground storage tanks and other fuel-dispensing equipment will need to be evaluated prior to E15's arrival. The concern is that leakage, which isn't an issue with E10, will suddenly become a problem with E15. How the GAO reached this conclusion is unknown.

The GAO also claims that some fuel stations may have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade equipment in preparation for the arrival of E15. Maybe, but perhaps the GAO hasn't heard of a relatively low-cost item called a blender pump.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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