New House bill would block E15
February 28, 2013
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The E15 issue continues to get plenty of attention in Washington, with a new bill in the U.S. House that would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver approving the use of the controversial blend.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has introduced H.R. 875, which would block the use of E15 – a gasoline blend of 15 percent ethanol – until further study is done on its potential harmful effects.
Republican senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi and David Vitters of Louisiana introduced a similar senate bill in February.
“There have been several tests and warnings highlighting E15’s harmful effects on engines and their components, but they have all been dismissed by the EPA. Therefore, we must force the EPA to stop the use of E15 fuel until the serious safety, durability, performance and environmental concerns have been addressed” Sensenbrenner said in a statement.
E15 was the subject of a House committee hearing earlier this week where AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet, among others, urged regulators to suspend the sale of E15.
The American Petroleum Institute and other groups also announced last week plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an earlier appeals court ruling that allowed EPA’s E15 waiver to go forward.