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NEVC, UL issue clarifying statements on E85 pump certification

The issue of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification of E85 dispensing equipment has been a major concern to ethanol advocates since UL decision earlier this month.

A UL memo detailing the certification issue "rescinded" previously certified E85 equipment. Since that time, some local fire safety officials have shut down public E85 fueling stations based on the fact that no UL certified equipment now exists.

Staff and members of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) have been working with UL, local, state and federal officials to address this important matter. According to the NEVC and at their request, UL has issued a follow-up document that should serve to assuage most concerns that have been voiced by local fire officials and others with jurisdiction.

The updated UL statements indicate that there have been:

  • No documented reports of corrosion for UL listed or recognized components used with E85
  • No field incidents related to UL listed or recognized components used with E85
  • No reported safety issues associated with listed or recognized components used with E85

"It's unfortunate that this storm of confusion has resulted in a number of closures of existing E85 fueling stations and the delay in openings of others. The UL October 5 announcement inadvertently established a level of doubt in the minds of fire and safety officials regarding the safety of existing E85 dispensing equipment," says Phil Lampert, NEVC executive director. "We have personally met with the Director of Government Affairs for UL and have had daily conversations with senior UL management. We believe that much of the current confusion has been addressed with the subsequent UL E85 update announcements. Our management and staff are working very closely with UL officials and will be attending a technical meeting to discuss this matter. We are confident that UL is aggressively addressing this matter and are working with them to establish proper certification standards."

To date there are 1,030 E85 fueling locations throughout the U.S.

The issue of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification of E85 dispensing equipment has been a major concern to ethanol advocates since UL decision earlier this month.

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