EPA unveils new ethanol pump labeling

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The Environmental Protection Agency issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements Tuesday for gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent and as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15.

The requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market, according to the EPA.

The new orange-and-black label must appear on fuel pumps that dispense E15. The label will help inform consumers about the vehicles that can use E15. The label also will warn consumers against using E15 in vehicles older than model year 2001, motorcycles, watercraft and gasoline-powered equipment, such as lawnmowers and chainsaws.

Concerns were outlined in comments that the National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted to the EPA earlier this year.

“As E15 becomes available for on-road vehicles, this greatly increases the likelihood of misfueling in boats, the large majority of which are refueled at neighborhood automotive gas stations where E15 will be sold,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.

Click here for the NMMA’s full statement.

Click here to see the label.