Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was glad to finally see a decision from EPA on E15, but is concerned the decision was limited to 2007 and newer vehicles.
"The fact is that it will only cover about 20% of vehicles on the road, so the gains, while useful to agriculture and the ethanol industry will be small in comparison to a full and complete waiver for e15 use in all vehicles," Grassley said. "The announcement obviously complicates the fuel supply change and undermines real progress that a waiver for all vehicles could have provided to our renewable fuel producers."
EPA says it will make a decision on the use of E15 in model year 2001 to 2006 vehicles once the results of additional DOE testing are received. That testing is expected to be completed next month and Grassley expects another positive announcement.
EPA says it is not granting a waiver this year for E15 use in model year 2000 and older cars and light trucks - or in any motorcycles, heavy-duty vehicles, or non-road engines. The Agency says there is not testing data to support such a waiver.