The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has reported that Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and David Vitter (R-La.) have taken steps to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to allow E15 into the fuelsupply despite studies confirming it can damage engines. The two senators have proposed legislation, which, if passed by Congress, will set a cap of 10 percent ethanol (E10) that is approved for use in the nation’s gasoline supply.
“The fact that EPA would allow a fuel in the marketplace that it knows will threaten existing engines and refueling infrastructure is inconceivable and is a glaring example of EPA’s willingness to place politics ahead of science,” said AFPM President Charles Drevna.
E15 is a blend of fuel containing 15 percent volume ethanol and 85 percent volume gasoline. While E10 has been proven to be a safe and reliable gasoline for more than 20 years, numerous studies show that gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol can cause engine damage in millions of vehicles on the road today and in smaller engines including chainsaws, lawnmowers, boats and snowmobiles. As a result, vehicle manufacturers have warned that the use of E15 will void warranties, leavingconsumers vulnerable to expensive repair bills.