Today, Congressman John Sullivan, Vice Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to EPA's announcement they are approving 24 applications for types of ethanol blends to be used for E15 fuel.
"I have serious concerns over E15 being moved to the general fuel supply -- this is a potentially dangerous fuel blend that can ruin engines and void warranties in older model cars, boats, lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment. EPA is putting the cart before the horse -- they are pushing a fuel that could adversely impact up to 60% of cars on the road today --leading to consumer confusion at the pump and possible engine failure in the cars they drive. There are still significant consumer safety and liability protection concerns that need to be answered before E15 is ready for primetime."
According to the non partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) E15 is not ready for our general fuel supply. They issued a report last year identifying several health, safety, cost and environmental issues that warrant additional study in relation to E15. Click here to read the GAO report.