U.S. Appeals Court Dismisses E-15 Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s dispenser label requirement for E-15 gasoline blends, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing to sue.

The two judge panel said the lawsuit, brought by the American Petroleum Institute and the Engine Products Group, failed to demonstrate present or future harm from the labeling rule. This is a key requirement to prove legal standing in a court of law.

API and the Engine Products Group had sought to overturn the EPA rule that requires labels on gas pumps warning customers about which vehicles could not use E-15. EPA finalized the dispenser labeling as part of the 2011 E-15 waiver process.

Plaintiffs argued that EPA had not done enough research to prove that the labels would adequately prevent customers from misfueling and using E-15 in vehicles unable to operate on the fuel.

This marks the second lawsuit that the court has dismissed due to lack of standing.

The Court of Appeals in 2011 dismissed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent EPA from approving the E-15 waiver.



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