The controversial E15 – the fuel that blends 15 percent ethanol in gasoline – is still waiting approval for use in California, and it's going to take a few years for the decision to be made. That's the statement sent to the American Motorcyclist Association by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

"Please be advised that E15 is not approved for sale in California, and if [C]ARB chooses to allow E15 as a transportation fuel, it would take several years to complete the vehicle testing and rule development necessary to introduce a new transportation fuel into California's market," wrote Michael Waugh, chief of the CARB transportation fuels branch.

Waugh was responding to a letter from AMA vice president for government relations Wayne Allard, who had expressed concerns over potential misfueling of E15 into motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has yet to rule on whether E15 can be used in motorcycles or ATVs. California will be following the EPA's continued assessment of E15 misfueling and will keep these concerns in mind when evaluating standards allowing E15 in the state, Waugh wrote. E15 went on sale in Kansas in July.

Attempts to block E15 from making it to gas stations for vehicles of all types are still being attempted. In August, a US Appeals Court threw out a federal lawsuit filed by a collection of grocery, auto and petroleum industry association groups in late 2010. The court said the trade groups didn't have the right to sue. Trade groups warn that E15 will spike up goods and gas prices and harm engines.
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California Air Resources Board says E15 ethanol-gas blend won't appear in California for 'years'
By American Motorcyclist Association


PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Air Resources Board has told the American Motorcyclist Association that even if it approves the sale of the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend in California, the blend wouldn't appear in the market for several years.

CARB made the comment in response to a letter from AMA Vice President for Government Relations Wayne Allard, who expressed concern about potential misfueling of E15 into motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency hasn't approved its use in motorcycles or ATVs.

To avoid misfueling, the EPA is requiring warning labels on gas pumps and requiring all consumers buy at least four gallons of gas when they buy from blender pumps. A blender pump dispenses different fuel blends through the same hose.

Michael Waugh, chief of the CARB transportation fuels branch, responded to Allard's letter on behalf of CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols. In his Nov. 6 letter, Waugh said: "Please be advised that E15 is not approved for sale in California, and if ARB chooses to allow E15 as a transportation fuel, it would take several years to complete the vehicle testing and rule development necessary to introduce a new transportation fuel into California's market.

"Meanwhile, U.S. EPA has committed to 'closely follow the results of their E15 Compliance Survey to determine whether additional misfueling mitigation measures are necessary.' We will follow U.S. EPA's continued assessment of E15 misfueling and will keep in mind these concerns should we move forward with allowing E15 in California," Waugh wrote.

The California Air Resources Board is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and ATV engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available, and has asked that motorcycles and ATVs be part of any scientific study into the effects of E15 on engines.

Ethanol is essentially grain alcohol produced from crops that is mixed with gasoline to produce an ethanol-gasoline blend motor fuel. In October 2010, the EPA approved the use of E15 in model year 2007 and newer light-duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles). Then, in January 2011, the EPA added model year 2001-06 light-duty vehicles to the approved list.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I won't put e15 or e10 gasoline in my car and motorcycle( honda vt500 1984 ) because they were build and calibrated for 100% regular gasoline. Please insist that your fuel reseller continue to sale 100% gasoline, it's better for all the parts like valve seats, fuel line, fuel pump, gas tank, etc. Ethanol is corrosive, it can harm badly the metal parts, especially when it's humid as ethanol attrack water destroying injectors and sensors.
        raktmn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        There are some issues with ethanol in vehicles built before 1985 that would need to be addressed before running E10. It wasn't until 1985 when all manufactures did all the updates required for modern cars to burn ethanol. Ethanol is a corrosive, but modern gasoline also has anti-corrosion additives that make E10 less corrosive than even pure gasoline used to be (petroleum is also a corrosive). If you live in the US and live in an E10 mandate area, it is because your state has a pollution problem that requires oxygenated gasoline to pollute less. That is the reason for E10 being required. Your 3-decade old 1984 Honda VT500 is probably fits in the category of a "Gross Polluter" by now, producing more pollution than the next 50, 100, or even 1000 modern cars driving on the road behind you. I thought people posted on ABG because they cared about green cars? You should look into a gross polluter retirement program. http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1048506_california-steps-up-gross-polluter-vehicle-retirement-program
        goodoldgorr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        These are constricted exploited poor consumers that accept an inferior product for saving very little cash when they fuel-up. The energy content of ethanol is 30% inferior of regular gasoline. it cost more to produce ethanol but speculative prices for gasoline make appear ethanol as a bargain and usually ethanol is also speculative because of political mandates, subsidies, regulations. Ethanol drive the price of food up and is unsustainable. As for corrosion, it devellop slowly so constricted consumers avoid talking about it because they still try to think that they saved money.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          I live in an E10 mandated area. While I am not fond of Ethanol in fuel, I admit my car is on year #9 with no engine problems. You make it sound as if, by now, it should be nothing more than a pile of rusty bolts flying in loose formation.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        So are all the cars in Brazil flying apart then? Or are they designed differently? They've been using 10% to 25% since the 70's.
          Pandabear
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          They are designed differently as they have lots of water to grow sugar cane, and therefore cheap and energy positive ethanol.
        carney373
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Ethanol is corrosive, but that's like saying water dissolves other things and causes rust. In engines that are designed for it, E10 is utterly harmless. And EPA has shown that E15 is harmless in cars made since 2000.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see someone is able to keep E15 off the market.
      carney373
      • 2 Years Ago
      The hysteria and fact-free panic on E15 is mind-boggling. EPA has proven with extensive testing that it is harmless in all cars made since 2000 (which are the VAST majority of cars on the road).
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hah! Always takes forever for California to get anything done, that is... if they get it done. Can't build a solar plant in the middle of the desert ( carizo plains ) Can't legalize gay marriage or pot in the most liberal state Can't figure out how to label organic foods ( someone might get sued!! ) Can't install mass transit in LA ( even though a private party was willing to fund the construction ) California.. the gridlock state
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        The food labeling thing surprised me. Whether one is a mean spirited heartless sexist racist homophobia child starving haliburton supporting right winger, or a filthy maggot infested long haired toad licking good time rock and roller, I would think everyone would want to know what is in their food.
          carney373
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Not if it raises food prices and adds legal complexity and lobbying fodder with no clear benefit to the public. All organisms that have emerged since life began are "genetically modified", by natural selection or artificial selection (agriculture or breeding programs). GMO targets specific traits to include or exclude, making it SAFER than traditional breeding in which unwanted traits can come along for the ride, or desirable traits get jettisoned (think of the travel-hardy tomatoes that have no taste).
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