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EPA Grants E15 Waiver for Newer Vehicles

October 14, 2010

On October 13, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will waive a limitation on selling fuels that are more than 10% ethanol for cars and light trucks that are 2007 model year and newer.  The waiver applies to fuel that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15 – and represents the first of a number of actions that are needed from federal, state and industry towards commercialization of E15 gasoline blends.  EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made the decision after a review of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) extensive testing and other available data on E15’s impact on engine durability and emissions.  A decision on E15 use in older model cars and trucks will be made after further DOE testing.  For more information on this waiver, visit EPA's Web site.

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