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E85 loses UL certification at the pump

Agriculture.com Staff 02/10/2016 @ 10:31pm

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the nation's largest lab for product safety testing, has revoked its approval of E85 out of fire safety concerns, according to a report Thursday in the Detroit Free Press.

The move, made without specific reported safety issues but merely out of safety concerns, applies to ethanol pumps that dispense blends of greater than 15% ethanol. As of late Thursday, no E85 pumps, of which there are more than 1,000 nationwide and nearly 50 in Iowa alone, had not been shut down because of the UL decision.

The report indicates both state officials and ethanol industry executives, though unnamed, admit E85 pumps may violate fire codes. Petroleum industry leaders have been critical of E85 in the past for the high costs of retrofitting existing fuel retailers' infrastructure to accommodate E85, which is said to be more corrosive than conventional petroleum-based fuels.

It's the latter condition UL leaders blame for the certification withdrawal, Thursday's report indicates. By law, however, Iowa for example is not bound by UL requirements until 2009.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the nation's largest lab for product safety testing, has revoked its approval of E85 out of fire safety concerns, according to a report Thursday in the Detroit Free Press.

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1000 E85 pumps? 09/15/2015 @ 1:06pm Some people say there are two to 4 thousand E85 pumps nationwide. Whether there are 1000 or 4000, there are 300,000 to 700,000 gasoline pumps nationwide. Does UL have information, if E85 pumps increased to 100,000 pumps, they would truly be unsafe? Anyhow, even with EPA support, E85 consumption has fallen way behind the 10,000 grassroots sources now serving the EPA suppressed 100% ethanol-free E0.

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UL revokes approval of E85 08/17/2012 @ 5:06pm UL should be shut down. They are politically motivated in their torture of E-85. E-85 has been sold for over 5 years and how many fires has it caused?

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