The EPA is being urged by a foreign-automaker group to make sure that gasoline stations that would sell fuel with as much as 15% ethanol would also have to offer gasoline blends with no more than 10% ethanol.
This petition signed by the Association of Global Automakers, and motorcycle, boating, and snowmobile groups, stemmed from worries that retailers will only have E15 available when new EPA rules take effect. In a statement, the groups said that if retailers are given the choice, they may opt to only offer E15 and disregard E10.
Kris Kiser, a spokesman for the groups, said that consumers would be forced to fuel with E15 and there’s a big chance that they will misfuel when they bring in their lawn mower, chain saw, motorcycle, snowmobile, boat or an older car.
This petition is included in a broader lobbying effort by automakers in Congress, the courts, and the executive branch related to EPA’s ethanol rule-making since last October that permits E15 to be sold and used for vehicles starting with the 2001 model year.
The carmakers claim that the E15 might damage emission-control equipment in older vehicles. They contended that the federal government needs to make further testing on the potential impacts. EPA spokeswoman Catherine Milbourn said that the agency will “respond to the petition appropriately.”