Challenge to Selling E15 Fuel Declined by Court

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge today by major automakers and other groups to reverse the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision regarding E15 fuel.

The group argues that E15, which uses 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, still hasn’t been properly tested and may be harmful to engines. Last week, motorcyclists gathered in Washington along with a dozen classic car owners to voice concerns about possible adverse affects the fuel could have on their vehicles.

Fuels America, an E15 proponent, says it is the most tested fuel ever and that the auto industry has failed to provide a single example of driveability problems during the Department of Energy’s tests.

But AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet disagrees, saying last February that “AAA believes it is both premature and irresponsible to sell E15 to consumers while these issues remain unresolved.”

As recently as last month, legislators in Maine approved a bill that will ban E15 and other ethanol blends citing concerns about possible engine damage caused by the fuel.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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