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E15 nets more EPA approval

Jeff Caldwell 01/21/2011 @ 10:55am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The ethanol industry voiced satisfaction with Friday's approval by federal officials of 15% ethanol for use in cars and light trucks.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday that researchers have found that the 15% ethanol blend (E15) results in no harmful effects on engines.

"Recently completed testing and data analysis show that E15 does not harm emissions control equipment in newer cars and light trucks," Jackson said Friday. "Wherever sound science and the law support steps to allow more home-grown fuels in America's vehicles, this administration takes those steps."



Friday's announcement, applauded widely by the ethanol industry, applies to vehicles manufactured between 2001 and 2006. Late last year, federal officials approved E15 for use in engines made in or after 2007.

"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 Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President Bob Dinneen in an RFA report Friday morning. "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."

 

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