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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally approved the first applications in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15.
This comes after much criticism on the use of E15 with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the Science Committee in the House of Representatives both stepping in to prevent the additional 5 percent of ethanol use. For over 30 years, ethanol has been blended into gasoline but was limited to 10 percent usage.
The use of E15 will be restricted to vehicles model year 2001 and up and the Obama Administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next five years. According to the EPA, before E15 can be sold, “manufactures must first take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements.”
Gas pumps dispensing E15 must be clearly labeled so that consumers can make the right choice when getting gasoline for their vehicle.