By Jennifer Geiger on May 16, 2012
The EPA recently approved the use of E15 fuel at gas stations, but several groups, including the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, say that the ruling is premature and will have dangerous consequences. The organization contends that the 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline blend is harmful to engines.
USA Today is reporting that several industry trade groups agree that more testing should be done. The Auto Alliance and Global Automakers and the Coordinating Research Council say that testing wasn’t finished and adding more ethanol to gasoline means engines and other mechanical parts could be negatively affected by its corrosive alcohol content.
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers also weighed in on the dangers of upping the fuel blend from 10% ethanol to 15%; E10 is widely used at gas stations today.
"The Coordinating Research Council's objective scientific tests have found disturbing evidence that increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline above the current 10 percent causes serious damage to car engines. The study shows that a significant percentage of cars tested suffered engine damage when refueled with 15 percent ethanol. These are cars EPA has approved to run on E15 and are representative of approximately 5 million vehicles in the nation's existing fleet," President of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Charles T. Drevna, said in a statement.
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is urging the EPA to reconsider their decision. "No one should be asked to pump first and ask questions later and become a participant in a giant science experiment to line the coffers of large agribusinesses while overlooking the real-world implications of E15," Drevna said.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer