EPA Delays E15 Decision

Another delay for decision on older vehicles.

Published on: Nov 21, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on the use of E15 in cars and pickup trucks built from 2001 to 2006 by up to a month. The delay is a result of testing failures unrelated to fuel and E15. Earlier this fall, EPA announced E15 was safe for use in cars and pickup trucks built in 2007 and later.

Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says they've been informed by EPA that the decision is being delayed because of the need to retest one particular car that hadn't been properly maintained and serviced. That particular car failed on all fuels, including E0. The problem was with the testing process, not the fuel. Buis adds this demonstrates just how committed EPA is to the integrity of the testing; they are doing this right.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said they are encouraged by EPA's commitment to accurate testing for 2001-2006 cars and pickup trucks. While the delay is disappointing, Dinneen called it understandable. He encouraged EPA to extend such due diligence to testing for all cars and pickups, regardless of age.