February 2011


HP Viewpoint: Consumer protection is a key issue for E15

NPRA wants to be sure that adding greater amounts of ethanol to gasoline is safe and will not cause engine damage

Drevna, Charles T., National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

Americans have long counted on our nation’s petroleum refineries to provide them with safe, affordable, efficient and reliable gasoline and diesel fuel for their vehicles and outdoor power equipment. Unfortunately, a decision last October by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to authorize the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) for late-model vehicles—up from the current limit of 10% ethanol (E10)—could reduce the safety of the gasoline Americans rely on. Concern about the potential safety threat of a 50% increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline motivated many refiners and the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), to call on the EPA

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