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More Details on E15 Waiver
Replacing E10 with E15 simply makes no sense.
Not a single engine manufacturer currently approves of gas that contains over 10% alcohol.
Engine warranties will be invalidated by use of a fuel type not approved by the manufacturer.
An increase of 5% ethanol (E15) will increase the instability of gasoline, with a much greater risk for water contamination.
Water and oil don't mix -Ethanol attracts and absorbs water, causing premature phase separation of gasoline.
Since ethanol is also a strong solvent (and degreaser), standard engines and petroleum equipment will experience greater wear-down of parts and useful life of engine/equipment. View engine damage list.
E15 will further reduce mpg and increase gasoline cost for all consumers.
The EPA has NOT yet performed testing on all gas-powered engines to determine if E15 is safe for use. Trusting a few, very limited studies completed by the ethanol producers is unacceptable! Decades of research support over 10% ethanol blends of fuel are not appropriate for most engines.
Approving E15 now, in anticipation of future vehicles designed and approved to run on higher blends, will simply cause more confusion at the gas pumps.
E15 only benefits ethanol producers. The U.S. needs to reconsider government sponsored "ethanol subsidies and grants" - An appropriate petroleum replacement for the long term must be able to survive the market on it's own.
To meet increasing government quotas and mandates for ethanol, non-farm sources need to be ready (and cost effective) in the market. The U.S. does not have enough corn, grains and farmland to meet increasing ethanol quotas. Non-farm sources include ethanol made from cellulose, garbage, grass and other stock that does not compete with food.
We believe there are many other sources of alternative energy on the horizon that will surpass ethanol's usefullness. Our government tax dollars would be better spent in advancing these technologies - E.G. Hydro, wind and solar power, electric vehicles, etc.
If you wish to support ethanol, E85 (85% ethanol content) used only in a FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicles) makes much more sense.
It is obvious that the waiver submitted for a 5% increase is a last ditch effort by the ethanol producers to push ethanol any way they can, without any consideration for the expense and damage it will cause your typical consumer and conventional engine owner.
Helping consumers to safely manage ethanol blends of fuel.
Those who purchased gas with over 10% ethanol are well aware of the damage it can cause.
No laws exist that require gas stations to monitor the amount of ethanol added!
Most state inspectors do not even check ethanol content at the yearly station certification.
Ethanol is blended in locally into each and every delivery (every couple of days for a busy station).
Ethanol blending tax credits (up to 53 cents/gallon in some states) offer a profit motive for over-blending.
We've recently heard about certain locations where 10% ethanol is blended in at the terminal and then the fuel distributor adds another 10% ethanol to profit from government subsidies.
The instability of ethanol blends regarding rapid water contamination will worsen with increase to 15%.
We strongly urge you to test percent ethanol of gasoline before purchase. Always report contaminated gas to the government office in your state that oversees gas quality (often the Dept. of Agriculture Division of Weights & Measures oversees gas quality).
Thanks for your support to oppose E15 increase. (EPA deadline for submission was 7/20/09).
On 10/15/10 the EPA issued a (partial) decision which approved the sale of this new gas type (E15), that will contain 15% ethanol, (50% more than allowed by all conventional engine manufacturers!).
Despite the EPA "partial approval" for E15 use only in 2001 and newer on-road vehicles, we expect the confusion at the pump will cause many to mistakenly use this new fuel type containing excess ethanol in engines not approved or designed for it.
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/420f10054.htm#2007 Original decision was posted here on 10/15/2010, but has since been removed (here: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/fuels/additive/e15/e15-waiver-decision.pdf)
THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO ACT QUICKLY TO STOP REPLACEMENT OF E10 WITH E15,
AND TO ASSURE ETHANOL-FREE FUEL AVAILABILITY!
URGENT: PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO BUY ETHANOL-FREE FUEL...
Fuel-Testers Company (MLR Solutions) has been educating and advocating the public & business for almost 10 years to help protect their engines (and wallet) from negative consequences E10 and ethanol-blennds of gas may cause...