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EPA’s Ethanol (E-15) Fuel Waiver Challenged by Industry Groups
Dec 21, 2010
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The newly formed Engine Products Group (EPG), made up of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and other industry associations, filed a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant a partial waiver approving the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E-15) for 2007 model year and newer passenger cars and light trucks.

The group said it supports renewable fuels, including ethanol, but said the EPA gave the OK on E-15 before critical studies on its effects were complete. The group wants to be sure it will not increase air pollution, harm engines, or cause safety concerns.

The associations that are part of EPG represent about 400 million engine products used by millions of people daily.

One of OPEI's major concerns is the potential for accidental damage to gasoline-fueled consumer products, like lawn mowers and snowblowers. Such equipment may be damaged if a consumer uses E-15.

Federal Clean Air Act provisions, the group noted, expressly limit the circumstances under which EPA can approve applications for new fuels and fuel additives. EPG said that EPA’s own statute, passed by Congress in 2007, states that fuels can’t be approved for the market that could cause any failures. E-15, it said, has been shown to adversely affect engines in non-road products and later model year vehicles, cause emission failures and increase air pollution due to misfueling.

The Engine Products Group (EPG) is made up of:
• the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance)
• the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM)
• the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
• the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

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