A few months after the Environmental Protection Agency decreed it would sanction E15—a mix of 85 percent gasoline and 15 ethanol—to be dispensed into vehicles in the United States, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute doesn’t think that’s a very good idea. In a statement issued by OPEI, the trade association condemns the usage of E15 in motor vehicles based on the dangerous findings when used in power equipment and marine engines.
“For the first time in American history, fuel used for some automobiles may no longer safe for any non-road products. It may, in fact, destroy or damage generators, chain saws, utility vehicles, lawn mowers, boats and marine engines, snowmobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and more,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.”
OPEI has been warning the government on the use of E15, but that didn’t stop the EPA from granting two partial waivers that raise the maximum amount of ethanol in fuel from 10 percent to 15 percent. OPEI claims consumption of E15 on a national level could spell trouble. The EPA has even come out and said it doesn’t endorse using E15 in every vehicle on the road today. According to the EPA’s new ruling, only vehicles made for or after the 2001 model year can burn ethanol fuel and still run efficiently. The ruling also says pumps that dispense E15 fuels must be clearly labeled so that people with vehicles older than 2001 won’t use it. The decision by the EPA to grant two partial waivers for E15 stems from data collected by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as data collected elsewhere pertaining to what E15 does to a vehicle’s engine.
While Obama’s administration endorses the dispensing of E15, the EPA says that gas stations aren’t required to sell it. Even still, the Obama administration is hoping to install 10,000 ethanol fuel pumps across the country over the next half decade.
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