EPA Delays Decision On E15 In Older Vehicles

Today, The Environmental Protection Agency delayed a decision that was expected in December on whether or not gasoline combined with 15% ethanol is safe for older vehicles. These older vehicles are between the years of 2001 and 2006, a source told Reuters.

The testing of E15 gasoline on engines should take one more month, according to the source. This delay should be officially announced sometime today.

The fuel itself did not necessarily cause the delay, as some of the vehicles developed problems such as an exhaust leak and spark plugs that wouldn’t work properly, the source said.

In October, the EPA approved the use of E15 in vehicles made in 2007 or later. Most gasoline in the US contains up to 10 percent ethanol.

The EPA was suppose to make its decision after the Energy Department forwarded its test results to them. The tests were run to determine if E15 would work in vehicles made after 2001.

Now, the decision on E15 is not expected until January.

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