The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other groups
have appealed to the US Supreme Court a lower-court decision
rejecting a challenge to a grant of partial waivers for
use of the E15 ethanol-gasoline blend, the trade
group said on Thursday.
The Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) waivers had been approved by a D.C.
Circuit Court, said Bob Greco, APIs group director
for downstream and industry operations.
Weve filed this petition because the D.C.
Circuit incorrectly concluded that none of the 17 petitioners
had standing to challenge the E15 partial waivers not
the engine manufacturers whose products will run on this new
fuel blend, not the petroleum industry who must undertake
massive infrastructure changes to accommodate the blend and
meet the renewable fuel mandate, and not the food producers who
now face significantly greater competition in the commodities
market for corn, the conventional feedstock for ethanol."
The API says that had EPA stayed within its statutory
authority and followed proper procedures, it would have waited
until ongoing E15 testing on engines and fuel systems was
completed before allowing its use.
"Then it would have discovered that E15 is not safe for
millions of vehicles now on the road," said Greco.
Although we hope the court will resolve the E15
problem, we also believe our experience here represents only
one of many underlying problems with the Renewable Fuel
Standard, so we are calling on Congress to repeal the