Back in October the EPA gave it’s blessing for the use of 15% blend of highly subsidized ethanol gasoline in cars and trucks manufactured after 2007 despite the concerns of just about every company that makes products that would use the fuel. In response to the EPA’s actions, those groups have now fired back by appealing the EPA ruling claiming that they have overstepped their authority under the Clean Air Act.
A collective of automakers and engine manufacturers today filled a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, requesting judicial oversight and review over whether EPA’s “partial waiver” approval for E-15 fuels violates the federal Clean Air Act provisions. The petition states the Clean Air Act limits the circumstances under which EPA can approve applications for new fuels and fuel additives.
Critics of E-15 say the 50 percent increase in ethanol could damage catalytic converters in older vehicles, as well as engines of boats, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and other gas-powered lawn equipment.