Approved Misfuel Mitigation Plans Now Allow E15

Back in March, the Renewable Fuels Association sent a proposal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Labeled the Model E15 Misfuel Mitigation Plan, it was designed to help fuel companies and those manufacturing fuel additives meet previously declared misfuel mitigation partial waivers introduced by the agency.

This past week, the EPA granted approval for the plan, which now legally enables companies who have met Clean Air Act requirements for E15 to legally introduce the fuel into the marketplace.

However, there are certain conditions concerning the approvals. For example, those companies that are able to market the fuel must consider tank and dispenser capability with E15. The EPA has already issued guidelines and a proposed rule on tank compatibility, nevertheless if E15 is to gain increasing acceptance among consumers, there’s general consensus that more needs to be done.

To that end, those with a vested interest in E15, along with the EPA, are proposing a public education campaign. This campaign will highlight proper use practices for the fuel and how to prevent misfuelling – for example E15 cannot be used in cars or light trucks older than the 2001 model year, since the greater ethanol content within in it can cause corrosion and damage to fuel system components in these older vehicles.

Although MMP’s might now be approved for qualified companies, there still remain a number of obstacles to wider adoption of E15, namely that a number of states still impose restrictions on the sale of gasoline/alcohol blended fuels. As a result, laws in those particular states will either need to be scrapped or modified so that E15 can be sold legally.

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  • Darr247

    Stop using corn to make ethanol. That’s just like using the energy from 4 gallons of gasoline to make enough hydrogen to drive 40 miles.

    Instead, use the $2 billion dollars a year currently given to farmers to NOT grow anything on 30 million acres of cropland, to grow Canola on that same acreage (typical yield 20-50 bushels per acre) and to build solar powered mini refineries to press out the oil out of it (typically 2.5 to 3 gallons per bushel) and convert it to biodiesel.

    With only 100 gallons per acre ‘net’ production (it takes about 3 gallons per acre to till/plant/cultivate/harvest Canola), we could eliminate about 200,000 barrels of imported oil per day. And its distribution would already be 95% complete by spreading out the mini refineries to every farm, eliminating artificial shortages imposed by the oil companies manipulating the supply.

  • Anonymous

    We need politicians with balls to cut off the farm lobby & stop trying to replace our oil addiction with resource wasting ethanol.

    With this garbage additive would just go away.

  • Darr247

    Oh, and I forgot to mention the Canola with its oil pressed out is usable as a nutritious feed supplement for livestock… hooved, at least; I don’t know how well fowl would take to it.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    Biofools are an absolute joke. They are horrible net-energy losers…


  • Anonymous

    Biogas and biofuel production is waste of resources.