Voices speak out against E15 approval

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The marine industry isn't the only one disappointed by the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow E15 in cars made in 2007 or later.

The following are excerpts of comments from other industry groups that oppose the decision:

National Association of Convenience Stores

"EPA's decision to allow the use of E15 in certain vehicles does nothing to remove retailers' obligations to ensure that all of their equipment is lawfully certified to store and sell this product. Further, limiting E15 use to only vehicles manufactured since 2007 could expose retailers to significant liability risk if a consumer were to fuel a non-approved engine with E15.

"When regulations phased out lead from gasoline in the early 1980s, consumers went to extraordinary measures to bypass the fill pipe-nozzle restrictions that were designed to prevent misfueling. EPA then punished retailers for not physically preventing self-service consumers from introducing leaded gasoline into unleaded-only vehicles."

National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

"The Environmental Protection Agency today abdicated its responsibility to safeguard our nation's public health and environment and became the Ethanol Promotion Agency. EPA's unwise and premature decision to allow the sale of gasoline with higher levels of ethanol may be good politics in Corn Belt states on the eve of the mid-term elections, but it is bad news for every American who owns a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, snowmobile, lawn mower, chainsaw or anything else powered by gasoline.

"The ethanol industry has won a victory today by convincing the federal agency charged with protecting our nation's public health and environment to disregard public safety and environmental issues and instead base a major policy decision on inadequate engine test data that has not been made public or reviewed independently. The American people are the losers today because EPA has violated President Obama's 2009 commitment to them to put science ahead of politics."

National Chicken Council

"Rising grain prices driven by the voracious demand for feedstock from the heavily subsidized ethanol industry caused an increase of 6 percent in the retail price of fresh whole broiler chickens from 2008 to 2010. Channeling even more corn into ethanol will, in time, only drive up the cost of chicken even more. Consumers will end up paying for the ethanol industry's demands. It is time to put an end to interference in the market and government mandates that benefit the ethanol industry and raise the price of corn."

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