EPA delays decision on ethanol concentration in gasoline

  • 15-Dec-2009 03:53 EST

The U.S. EPA will decide by mid-2010 whether to allow an ethanol concentration of up to 15% in gasoline. It was supposed to have made a decision by Dec. 1, but the agency is still conducting tests to determine whether a 15% blend (the current limit is 10%) would cause problems for cars. Testing to date indicates there would be none. The EPA said in a Dec. 1 press release that it has begun the process to craft labeling requirements that will be necessary if the blending limit is raised. Biofuels industry association Growth Energy had made the request for a waiver from the regulation mandating a 10% ethanol concentration cap.

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