NMA Article: EPA Considering Raising Ethanol Limit To 15%
Here’s the story from the Des Moines Register:
The Environmental Protection Agency will seek public comment for 30 days on a petition by the ethanol industry to raise the limit on ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent.
The agency specifically wants comment on its idea of providing a partial waiver of the E10 limit so that higher blends could be sold only for newer vehicles, a proposal that’s been roundly criticized.
The agency says “the issue of misfueling would be challenging in a situation where a conditional waiver is granted” and wants comments on the need for restrictions.
The agency also is seeking comments and data on whether there is “an appropriate level of scientific and technical information” to tell whether E15 will harm emission control devices on cars and power equipment.
The limit has been at ten volume percent ethanol (E10) for conventional (non flex-fuel) vehicles since 1978. The “issue of misfueling” referenced in the article refers to the likelihood that many vehicles would run poorly on E15 fuel. Most engines are simply not designed to handle that much ethanol.
The EPA has until Dec. 1 to make a decision and is requesting comments from the public. You can find the full EPA notice here.
A poster in the forums at VWVortex has organized the information you need to comment on this proposal below:
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ– OAR–2009–0211, by one of the following methods:
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
Air and Radiation Docket
Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2009– 0211
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460.
Please include a total of two copies.
EPA Docket Center
Public Reading Room
EPA West Building
1301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA Considering Raising Ethanol Limit To 15%
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