EPA Delays Decision on E15 Approval for 2001-2006 Vehicles

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again delayed the expected approval of an E15 (15% ethanol) blend of fuel for use in model year vehicles 2001-2006. Last month, the EPA granted a waiver for E15 for use in 2007 and newer vehicles.

Growth Energy, an advocacy group for the ethanol industry released the following statement regarding the delay.

“We’ve been informed by EPA that the decision is being delayed because of the need to retest one particular car that hadn’t been properly maintained and serviced. That particular car failed on all fuels, including E0. The problem was with the testing process, not the fuel. This also demonstrates just how committed EPA is to the integrity of the testing; they are doing this right. We are confident that ultimately all the tests will show what we’ve said all along, that E15 is a great fuel for American motorists.”

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