WASHINGTON (June 28, 2011)—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements for gasoline blends containing up to 15 percent ethanol, the agency said.
The new orange-and-black labels will appear on any pump dispensing E15, the EPA said. They will inform consumers about which vehicles can use E15, and warn consumers specifically against using the fuel in motorcycles, watercraft, lawnmowers, chain saws or any vehicles older than model year 2001.
Over the past year, the EPA has issued two waivers under the Clean Air Act that allow E15 to be used in cars and light trucks from model year 2001 or later.
However, the agency has not registered the fuel, which is required before it can be sold for use in conventional vehicles.
Several industry groups, such as the Specialty Equipment Market Association, oppose any use of E15 on the grounds that it erodes engines and engine parts.