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EPA’s ethanol regulations pose serious safety, environmental concerns for consumers

Carlton Carroll | 202.682.8114 |  

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2012 – In a conference call with reporters today, API Downstream Group Director Bob Greco discussed a new analysis of EPA’s regulations to allow higher amounts of ethanol in gasoline (E15), which showed that “an estimated half of all gasoline station equipment is not compatible with E15” and said that this could result in serious safety and environmental problems for consumers:

“EPA continues to move forward with its decision to approve the use of 15 percent ethanol in gasoline, even though testing to date shows this higher concentration would not be fully compatible with much of the dispensing and storage infrastructure at our nation’s gas stations.

“Adding these fuels into our gasoline supplies could result in damaged equipment, safety problems, and environmental impacts at our gas stations – to say nothing about car engines – and it could even erode support for the nation’s renewable fuels program.

“EPA has done an inadequate job of answering the many challenges surrounding E15, in particular dispensing equipment and other infrastructure implications.”

API represents more than 500 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America's energy, supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers more than $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested more than $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.