New Legal Challenge Faced by EPA over E15

New Legal Challenge Faced by EPA over E15

10/12/2011

A group of automakers, small engine manufacturers and marine manufacturers carried on with their efforts in filing a number of lawsuits against the United States EPA with regards to its decision of allowing E15 to be used in vehicles starting with models released during the year 2001 up to recent models.

The latest lawsuit to be filed by the coalition was a legal challenge opposing the final E15 labeling rule. According to a statement released by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the labeling effort of the EPA is “completely inadequate” in protecting the consumers against pumping wrong fuel into their cars and could potentially result in the damage of millions of vehicles deemed unfit for E15.

In a separate statement, the OPEI President and CEO, Kris Kiser, said, “We are asking that the EPA do more to protect the consumer. We need to educate the public on a new fuel entering the market that is about to fundamentally change how we purchase and dispense gasoline. And, we need to ensure that consumers can still find E10 for the millions of product – lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs, boats and older cars – that still use an E10 legacy fuel.”

The EPA released on June 27 its final rule concerning the mitigation of mis-fueling engines with E15. There are still several issues that needed to be resolved before E15 can enter the mainstream fuel market. This includes the certification of infrastructure required to dispense the fuel.

The approval of E15 by the EPA for use in specific vehicle models is not a mandate, but industry groups, including OPEI, maintain that it is possible that retailers will ultimately veer away from selling E10, making it hard for small engine and marine equipment owners to buy appropriate fuel for their equipment.

WRITTEN BY:

blakeh@wellsdrew.com