The American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
trade groups are critical of the US Environmental Protection
Agencys (EPA) recent decision to approve higher levels of
ethanol in gasoline (E15) before testing is complete, alleging
that it could put consumers at risk.
EPA is choosing to ignore the red flags in its
headlong rush to allow more ethanol in gasoline, putting
consumers and their vehicles at risk, said API director
of downstream operations Bob Greco.
Testing needs to be completed before this new fuel
mixture is introduced into Americans gas tanks.
Greco said the EPA decision comes before the completion of
thorough testing by the automobile and oil industries to ensure
the safety and performance of the new fuel for vehicles.
He said that testing results so far have revealed problems
with E15 and that engine damage from its use may not be covered
under vehicle manufacturer warranties.
API supports a realistic and workable Renewable Fuel
Standard and the responsible introduction of increased biofuels
in a manner that protects consumers and the investments
theyve made in their vehicles, Greco said.
However, we cannot rush to allow more ethanol before
we know the consequences."
Greco said that the US oil and natural
gas industry is the largest consumer of ethanol and other
biofuels and remains committed to the use of renewable fuels in
the US energy mix.
Earlier this week, the EPA approved the first applications
to make E15, a 50% increase from the E10 blend allowed at
AFPM president Charles T. Drevna issued a similarly scathing
"Unfortunately, the EPA announcement represents yet another
in the agency's unwise, premature and irresponsible series of
actions in its rush to force E15 to the marketplace," Drevna
"EPA's hasty attempts to speed introduction of E15 before
necessary testing is complete could endanger the safety of
American consumers, threatening their vehicles and
gasoline-powered equipment with possibly severe damage,
This action is more about political science than real
science because it is designed to protect the ethanol industry
rather than the American people. This decision is particularly
troubling, since recent information released by the
Coordinating Research Council shows failures when using E15 in
vehicles approved by EPA.
With a lawsuit by AFPM and other organizations on this
critical issue about to be heard, there is no reason for EPA to
have rushed to judgment and acted so recklessly.