U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes to Expand the Sale of E-15 Gasoline

DON’T DELAY! Please contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) immediately and tell them you oppose year-round sales of E15 gasoline. Reach out using the following button by April 22:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • The EPA must reconsider its proposal to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel, a blend of gasoline that is 15% ethanol by volume.
  • Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause metal corrosion and dissolve certain plastics and rubbers in automobiles that were not constructed with ethanol-resistant materials.
  • Expanding the sale of E15 is not consumer friendly. It will leave millions of drivers susceptible to damaging older cars and trucks if misfueling with higher blends of ethanol that are illegal for use in pre-2001 vehicles.
  • Expanding the sale of E15 fuel will significantly decrease the availability of ethanol-free gasoline (E0) that is needed for older and vintage machines.
  • Instead of allowing year-round sales of E15, the EPA should revisit the E15 warning label to ensure that consumers understand that this blend of fuel is incompatible with older vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs, boats, small engines and many other machines.
  • The current E15 label is about 3½ x 3 inches and does not include the words “warning”, “owner’s manual”, or pictograms. In order to prevent misfueling, E15 labels must provide an adequate warning to consumers about the damage E15 can cause to certain vehicles and engine, including images and text on a label that’s 5 x 7 inches or larger. A new label should include the words “WARNING” and “Check your owner’s manual” and include pictograms depicting a classic vehicle, boat, motorcycle, ATV, lawnmower, chainsaw, and snowmobile.

Overview: The EPA issued a proposed regulation that would allow gas stations around the country to sell E15 (gasoline that’s 15% ethanol) during the summer months (June 1 through September 15). If finalized, the EPA would overturn its long-standing prohibition on the sale of E15 during high-ozone season by allowing the fuel to use the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver, which currently allows E10 sales during the summer months. The EPA’s effort to allow year-round E15 sales would expand the number of gas stations selling gasoline blended with higher amounts of ethanol.

SEMA opposes this proposed rulemaking and the expansion of the sale of E15. The EPA has turned to sales of E15 to achieve the Renewable Fuel Standard’s artificial mandates to blend large volumes of ethanol into gasoline sold in the United States. Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, can cause damage to high-performance parts and vehicles manufactured prior to 2001. It is important that the EPA hears from automotive enthusiasts who oppose the expanded sales of E15. Public comments are due by Monday, April 22.

Please contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency immediately (by April 22) using the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0775-0002