EPA's E15 Waiver Decision and Pump Labeling Proposal
Published on Thursday, October 21, 2010 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Concerned about proposed increases of ethanol (from E10 to E15) in your sled? Read on… The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is partially granting a waiver to allow gasoline that contains greater than 10 volume percent ethanol and up to 15 volume percent ethanol (E15) for use in certain motor vehicles. We are partially approving the waiver for and allowing the introduction into commerce of E15 for use only in model year 2007 and newer light-duty motor vehicles, which includes passenger cars, light-duty trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUV). We are not approving the waiver for introduction of E15 for use in model year 2000 and older light-duty motor vehicles, as well as all heavy-duty gasoline engines and motor vehicles, highway and off-highway motorcycles, and non-road engines, vehicles, and equipment (“non-road products” such as lawn mowers, chainsaws and boats) because there is currently insufficient test data to support an E15 waiver approval for these vehicles, engines, and products. The Agency is deferring a decision on the applicability of a waiver to model year 2001 through 2006 light-duty motor vehicles until additional test data, currently under development, is available.
This waiver decision includes certain conditions to reduce the potential for misfueling of E15 into vehicles, engines, and products for which it is not approved and to ensure fuel and ethanol quality. In addition, EPA is concurrently issuing a proposed rule with the express purpose of reducing the potential for misfueling of E15 into vehicles, engines, and products for which it is not approved.  If finalized, this rule will satisfy the misfueling mitigation conditions of today’s partial waiver. Read the full report.

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