AFPM Warns of Adverse Effects of E15 Use
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Charles T. Drevna today issued the following response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision paving the way for the sale of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol to be sold into the general marketplace:
“It is unfortunate that EPA today chose to continue down the path of allowing E15 to be sold as regular gasoline before necessary studies have been completed. Today’s decision does nothing to address the concerns of engine damage due to the use of E15 in vehicle and other engines. A number of studies have shown that increasing ethanol in gasoline could cause serious engine damage and as a result, auto manufacturers have stated that they will not warranty engines of their vehicles if gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol is used. This leaves consumers at risk of having to pay costly repair bills. EPA’s solution of simply sticking a small label on retail fuel pumps does not solve the problem and will do little to protect consumers from misfueling with gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol.
“AFPM members remain committed to consumer protection and to continuing to manufacture safe and reliable fuels for use by American families. Allowing a 50 percent increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline before further scientific review is conducted is irresponsible and harmful to consumers.”
AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (formerly known as NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association) is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.
SOURCE American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers