June 30, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 13
|Dear PEI Member:
On June 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized fuel dispenser labeling and other requirements for gasoline blends containing more than 10 and up to 15 percent ethanol (E15). EPA hopes these requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market.
The new orange and black label (right) must appear on fuel pumps that dispense E15. The label, according to EPA, will help inform consumers about which vehicles can use E15. The label also warns consumers against using E15 in vehicles older than model year 2001, motorcycles, watercraft and gasoline-powered equipment, such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.
Over the past year, EPA issued two partial waivers under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that in sum allow E15 to be sold for use in model year 2001 and newer cars and light trucks. These decisions were based on test results provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other test data and information regarding the potential effect of E15 on vehicle emissions.
The E15 partial waivers impose a number of conditions to help ensure that E15 is introduced into commerce for use only in model year 2001 and newer light-duty motor vehicles and in flexible-fuel vehicles, and not for use in any other vehicles, engines or equipment. The regulation finalized by EPA on June 23―in addition to the labeling requirements―includes a prohibition against misfueling with E15; a requirement to track E15 and other fuels as they move through the fuel supply chain so that E15 can be properly blended and labeled; and a quarterly survey to help ensure that gas pumps dispensing E15 are properly labeled. The regulation also modifies the Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Program to allow fuel producers to certify batches of E15 as complying with RFG standards. Finally, EPA's rule denies a petition for rulemaking to require retail stations to offer gasoline containing ≤10 percent ethanol.
EPA notes on its website that prior to the distribution of E15, fuel and fuel additive manufacturers are required to register the fuel or fuel additive with EPA. As of June 23, 2011, E15 had not been registered. EPA also states on its website that a number of additional factors―including requirements under other federal, state and local laws―may also affect the distribution of E15. Last, but certainly not least, EPA reiterates that it does not mandate the use of E15.
EPA also issued guidance―not a rule―on the compatibility of underground storage tank (UST) systems with gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol or diesel containing greater than 20 percent biodiesel. The guidance is intended to assist owners and operators in meeting existing federal UST compatibility requirements. We will review that guidance in the next TulsaLetter.
The rule and the guidance will be available on the following sites until the official versions are published in the Federal Register:
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SEVERAL GROUPS OPPOSE TAX BREAKS FOR NGVS
"Stakeholders in industries that rely on natural gas as a feedstock have launched letter-writing campaigns urging lawmakers to reject the Nat Gas Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to establish tax credits for NGVs, compressed natural gas CNG fuel and filling stations. They argue that efforts to boost US demand for natural gas―in this case, by creating additional consumption of gas in the form of a transportation fuel―would place upward pressure on prices.
"This could add significantly to the operating costs of energy-intensive industries, such as the production of fertilizer, ammonia, paper and ethanol. Opponents of the Nat Gas Act include manufacturing giant Dow Chemical, along with trade associations like the Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the American Chemistry Council, the Fertilizer Institute and the American Forest and Paper Association."―Oil Daily, June 21, 2011.
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