It may not have the most interesting name – the Misfueling Mitigation Plan for E15 – but it does do something interesting for the fuel supply in the United States. After passing through what Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen calls "rigorous testing and mountains of challenges," the higher ethanol blend called E15 – which is fifteen percent biofuel and 85 percent gasoline – is now one step closer to making its way to pumps around the country. RFA submitted the Misfueling Mitigation Plan (MMP) and the EPA now says it meets that organization's requirements. Thus, Dinneen said in a statement, "Americans will soon have a safe and effective new fuel option at the pump that is domestically made and significantly cheaper than gasoline."

The EPA has been moving recently to approve E15 and says the fuel is safe to use in model year 2001 vehicles and anything made since then. But, since there are still plenty of vehicles on the road that were made before 2001, there may be problems if you put E15 into an unapproved vehicle. The MMP says that any pump that offers E15 needs to be clearly labeled and that product transfer documents must accompany all transfers of the fuel. The RFA is also offering a free E15 Retailer Handbook that describes these steps in detail.

Just because the EPA says E15 is acceptable does not mean anyone can sell it, since state rules can still forbid its sale. Ethanol Producer Magazine says that Iowa, Illinois and Kansas are three states where the fuel will be cleared for sale. The Science Committee in the House of Representatives has also approved a bill that prevents E15 from going on sale unless its effects are further studied.

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