April 2, 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 7
|Dear PEI Member:
EPA appears to be clearing the way for partial approval of an ethanol industry request to raise the federal limit on ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15) by announcing plans to develop a pump label to prevent misfueling of vehicles and engines not authorized to use E15 fuel, and to provide fuel manufacturers certification to sell E15.
The Agency posted a new labeling and certification rulemaking on its "action initiation" list, saying a rule "is urgently needed because of the speed that blender pumps are spreading and the possibility of the Agency rendering a decision on the E15 waiver as early as the summer of 2010."
The notice says the rule will "help prevent the misfueling of vehicles and engines not certified to operate on gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol." EPA's announcement says that "vehicles or engines not certified or approved for E10+ may experience increased emissions of criteria pollutants and accelerated deterioration of emission control systems due to higher oxygen content from increased ethanol levels. These emissions increases will have an adverse effect on air quality and public health due to known relationships between regulated pollutants and the formation of ground level ozone. Furthermore, vehicles or engines operating on E10+ may experience operability issues leading to tampering of certified configurations designed to satisfy EPA emissions requirements."
EPA announced in December that it was delaying its decision on the Clean
Air Act waiver sought by ethanol producer Growth Energy because the Agency
lacked the necessary data, but added the data should be available by the
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The rule initiation comes as 41 organizations―ranging
from oil companies and engine makers to Friends of the Earth and the
Association for Dressings and Sauces―are asking
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to provide a second comment period on the new
data EPA will use to decide the waiver request. In the letter, the groups
argue that EPA's decision to permit E15 blends should be based on "a
complete and sound scientific record and in accordance with the procedures
of the Clean Air Act." The groups urge EPA to offer the public an
opportunity to review and comment "to the extent that there are additions to
this scientific record subsequent to July 20, 2009 on which EPA will base
its ultimate decision."
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