October 31, 2010
Some in the ethanol industry have expressed concern that the label would scare consumers from using E15.
I have to admit that when I first saw the label I thought it wasn't too bad. I understand the EPA's desire to prevent consumers from dispensing E15 in an unapproved vehicle.
But this situation isn't that much different from what diesel went through a few years back. The EPA issued new regulations for diesel fuel lowering the amount of sulfur in highway diesel from 500 parts per million in Low Sulfur Diesel to 15 parts per million in Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel. All 2007 model year and newer diesel vehicles are designed to run on Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel. Using Low Sulfur Diesel in a 2007 and newer diesel vehicle could cause harm to the emissions equipment.