EPA to delay E15 ruling for older vehicles

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Nov. 22, 2010—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will delay the decision on whether gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) is safe to use in vehicles built between 2001-2006, according to an EPA press release_notes.

The decision on E15 for older models was expected in December, but the EPA requires more testing. Earlier this fall the EPA announced that E15 was safe for all cars built in 2007 or later.

“We are encouraged by EPA’s commitment to accurate testing for 2001-2006 cars and pickup trucks, particularly given the failures are unrelated to the fuel being tested,” said Bob Dinneen, CEO and president of the Renewable Fuels Association. “While the delay is disappointing, it is understandable. We encourage EPA to extend such due diligence to testing for all cars and pickups, regardless of age. We believe the fuel testing to date clearly demonstrates the efficacy of E15 as a motor fuel for all light duty vehicles."

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