EPA Approves First Applications for Registration of Ethanol to Make E15

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved applications from 19 fuel manufacturers seeking to register gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol (E15).

Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. Before it can be sold, manufacturers must first take additional measures to help ensure retail stations and other gasoline distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related requirements. EPA is not requiring the use or sale of E15.

The Obama Administration has set a goal to help fueling station owners install 10,000 blender pumps over the next five years.

EPA previously issued two partial waivers raising the allowable ethanol volume to 15 percent for use in model year 2001 and newer cars and light trucks. E15 is not permitted for use in motor vehicles built prior to 2001 model year and in off-road vehicles and equipment such as boats and lawn and garden equipment. Gas pumps dispensing E15 must be clearly labeled so consumers can make the correct choice.

For information on EPA's pump labeling rules, click here.

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