E15 Stoppage Requested by Automakers

NFU is disappointed in AGA for calling into question of E15.

Published on: Mar 28, 2011

The Association of Global Automakers has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a rule to prevent the phase-out of E10 in favor of the newly approved E15. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says that NFU is disappointed that the AGA and a coalition of automobile and engine product manufacturers has chosen to call into question EPA's decision to allow E15 use in 2001 and newer vehicles.

"After significant scientific review and testing, the EPA came to the right conclusion by allowing vehicles manufactured beginning in 2001 to utilize E15," Johnson said. "Study after study has shown that higher blends are safe for automotive use and do not result in operability or drivability issues. E15 will help America reduce its dependence on foreign oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions the equivalent of taking 1.35 million vehicles off the road."

Johnson says it is time for the auto industry to support rural America and keep money here in the United States. With proper labeling requirements, which are currently under development at EPA, motorists will have no difficulty determining which fuel is correct for their vehicle.