The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has outlined the conditions fuel retailers need to meet to sell higher-ethanol gasoline through a blender pump—one that offers both E10 and E15 through a common hose and nozzle.
Retail stations that wish to use this new configuration must provide a fuel pump with at least one dedicated hose and nozzle dispensing a gasoline-ethanol blended fuel containing no more than 10 percent ethanol—E10 or lower. Retailers must also prominently affix a new label to its blender pumps which says “Passenger Vehicles Only. Use in Other Vehicles, Engines and Equipment May Violate Federal Law," and must also post additional signage informing consumers of the availability and location of the dedicated E10 or lower fuel pump.
Additionally, anyone buying fuel from a blender pump must purchase at least four gallons of the fuel so any residual amount of E15 in the pump will be diluted enough to not pose harm for vehicles not designed to accommodate higher-ethanol gasoline.
Last June, the EPA legalized the sales of E15 and a U.S. federal appeals court upheld the decision last month. However, the American Petroleum Institute, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, AAA and other groups have publicly challenged the EPA decision, with AAA asking the government to suspend E15 sales.
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