EPA Approves More Ethanol In Fuel For Cars 1-21-2011 - WNEM TV 5

EPA Approves More Ethanol In Fuel For Cars 1-21-2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved higher levels of corn-based ethanol to fuel all cars manufactured in the last decade.
The agency announced Friday that 15 percent ethanol blended with gasoline is safe for cars and light-duty trucks manufactured between 2001 and 2006.
In October, the EPA approved the same mix for vehicles manufactured since 2007.
The maximum gasoline blend has been 10 percent ethanol.
Ethanol is popular in farm country because most of it comes from corn and other grains. It faces strong opposition, however, from the auto industry, environmentalists, cattle ranchers, food companies and a broad coalition of other groups.
Those groups say ethanol use makes animal feed more expensive, raises prices at the grocery store and tears up the land.
Motorists with older vehicles will need to watch what they're pumping or risk damaging their engines with too much corn-based fuel, the Environmental Protection Agency says, as ethanol burns hotter than gasoline.
The move means that gas stations, if they choose to sell the fuel, will have to use special pumps and signs to make sure consumers don't fill their vehicles with the wrong fuel.
The EPA said it will propose new pump labeling requirements to help consumers figure out which gas to use.
For Michigan's ethanol industry, the decision could mean more consumer demand and more ethanol sales.
Michigan currently has five operational ethanol plants, producing approximately 265 million gallons of ethanol.
Officials said these plants have boosted the economy by $600 million and helped create 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Congress has required refiners to blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels, mostly ethanol, into auto fuel by 2022.
For further information on E15 and what the EPA's decision means for your wallet and vehicle, click here.
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