The EPA on Friday waived a limitation on selling gasoline that contains more than 10% ethanol for model-year 2001 through 2006 passenger vehicles, including cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks.
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently finalising regulations that would provide a more practical means of meeting the conditions.
Also, the agency is developing requirements to ensure that E15 is properly labeled at the gas pump. The label will be designed to prevent refueling into vehicles, and equipment not currently approved for the higher ethanol blend.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said she made the decision after reviewing thorough tests by the U.S. Department of Energy and other available data on E15 effects on emissions from the older cars and light trucks.
“Today’s decision greenlights the use of E15 for nearly two out of every three cars on the road today and furthers proves ethanol is a safe, effective fuel choice for American drivers,” said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association. “EPA continues to move in the right direction with respect to increasing ethanol blends, but challenges still remain. The RFA continues to urge EPA to extend the waiver for E15 use to all cars and pickups.”