EPA unveils new ethanol pump labeling

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The Environmental Protection Agency issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements Tuesday for gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent and as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15.

The requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market, according to the EPA.

The new orange-and-black label must appear on fuel pumps that dispense E15. The label will help inform consumers about the vehicles that can use E15. The label also will warn consumers against using E15 in vehicles older than model year 2001, motorcycles, watercraft and gasoline-powered equipment, such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.

Completion of the misfueling rule was a requirement stipulated in the partial waivers for E15 before the fuel could be sold at retail outlets. Fuel and fuel additive manufacturers now must register E15 with the EPA, and that has not been done as of Tuesday, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Along with other groups, the NMMA is opposing E15.

“While both partial waivers exclude marine engines and other non-road engines, such as snowmobiles, lawn and garden equipment, the NMMA continues to be concerned that the measures outlined in EPA’s misfueling rule do not take significant steps to address anticipated problems with consumer confusion and the risk of misfueling,” the association said in a statement. “In addition, the rule does not ensure compatible fuels remain available for the nation’s 13 million registered boat owners or the hundreds of millions of owners of gasoline-powered equipment.”

Those concerns were outlined in the full comments that the NMMA submitted to the EPA earlier this year.

“As E15 becomes available for on-road vehicles, this greatly increases the likehood of misfueling in boats, the large majority of which are refueled at neighborhood automotive gas stations where E15 will be sold,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “NMMA is disappointed that EPA’s only mechanism to protect consumers from confusion at the pump and consequent engine failures, emissions control failures and safety issues is a small label on the pump.”

Last December, the NMMA filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the EPA’s partial waiver approving E15 for certain motor vehicles. The NMMA continues to work with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers in a coalition called the Engine Products Group in pursuing the legal challenge.

Click here for the NMMA’s full statement.

Click here to see the label.


7 comments on “EPA unveils new ethanol pump labeling

  1. Gordon

    Isn’t it wonderful we will now have E15 fuel. Ethanol has 75% of the btu’s as gasoline. No savings there. Costs more to produce. no savings there.
    And destroys the equipment that use it, unless specially equipped with
    parts that of course cost more.

  2. Sandy Daugherty

    So are gas stations going to add a pump to dispense gas for those vehicles “prohibited by Law” from using E-15? Or are they going to have to decide between selling E-15 and “Safe” E-10? Ninety percent of customers don’t look further than the price.

  3. Raeford Brown

    E-15!?! In the marine industry, we’re having enough problems with E-10. I’ve been the victim of this Iowa corn product to the tune of several thousand dollars worth of repairs. Then, after retiring from my normal rat race, I began working at a marina, part time. What I’ve learned in the past year is just plain scary. The damage to fuel lines, to carburetors, to fuel pumps is just plain criminal. For those who still don’t believe what can result from this corn-a-oline, please feel free to ask a certified outboard mechanic to show you examples. If you haven’t replaced the fuel lines on your older boats, you might want to do that. If you’re running around without a water-fuel filter and without a good marine fuel additive (to slow down, not stop, phase separation in ethanol), then you’re playing Russian Roulette with you motor(s),

  4. Jerry Nessenson

    E 15 will be less expensive than E10. Therefore consumers (boaters) and even some marina operators may try to use and/or sell E 15.

    Several unscrupulous additive manufacturers are already promoting their products as a “cure” for E15. Although ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment can help prevent problems with E15, just as it will in E10, we will not recommend its use in E15 simply because we do not want to encourage anyone to use a product (E15) that would violate EPA regulations and/or is contrary to engine manufacturer recommendations and warrantees. We hope other additive suppliers become responsible and do the same.

    ValvTect will promptly debrand any Certified ValvTect Marina who sells E15 as long as it is not an approved fuel for marine use.

  5. E-10 Broke

    I used my boat 2 times in the last year, each time it cost me over $600 in engine repair, plus discarding 80+ gals of separated E-10 plus refueling. Now I use only non-ethanol, but my marina (only source of non-ethanol) says they won’t be able to get more after August. My engine mechanic says I got off cheap compared to what damage others have received. Oh yeah, I used several well-respected varieties of ethanol treatment, have fuel/water separator, and ethanol certified fuel lines, and my engine says it will run on E-10. None of that prevents what happens to a tank of fuel that sits more than a month or so, and what it does to clog the engine. At least I didn’t burn up a powerhead as others have. KEEP NON-ETHANOL IN PRODUCTION!!

  6. Don Keister

    cheeper? are you serious! at $3.50 a gallon average, what has e10 done for USA, now e15?, I have several replaced parts at my shop to show my customers what e10 is responsible for, the only good thing is the extra service it has brought in. Yamaha certified tech.

  7. Joe

    Less miles per gallon. cost more. has not made us less dependent on foreign oil. who’s pockets are being lined it doesn’t make sense.To much government. Don’t elect attorneys they have no common sense. abolish ethenol fuels.

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