Legislative Watch: E15 Back In The News

The United States Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by three separate groups against the implementation of E15 and its approval by the EPA. Check out the reasoning behind the judges’ ruling and what this means for drivers of historic vehicles.

Late last month, the United States Court of Appeals dismissed a challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to permit 15-percent ethanol (E15) content in gasoline for 2001 and newer model year cars and light trucks.

Plaintiffs in the case included groups representing the grocery, auto and petroleum industry. Judges David Sentelle and David Tatel found the concerns advanced by petitioners were primarily speculative in nature and not based on any concrete, documented concerns on behalf of their representative client base. They ruled that the implementation of E15 was simply an option and not a government-mandated requirement being forced into the marketplace.

In 2009, the EPA moved to increase the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent. EPA approved E15 in October 2010 for use in cars from model years 2007 and later, and then in January 2011 approved the fuel for use in models made from 2001 to 2006.

The Historic Vehicle Association will continue to monitor this development along with the progress of H.R. 3199, which concerns the EPA’s findings, testing methods and authority with regard to the use of E15.


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