WASHINGTON, D.C. - Charles T. Drevna, president of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency approving a 50 percent increase in the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline used by cars and light trucks manufactured in the 2001-2006 model years:

"EPA has acted without adequate scientific evidence to endanger the gasoline-powered engines used by millions of Americans in their vehicles and outdoor power equipment. Widespread use of 15 percent ethanol in gasoline could cause engine failures that could leave consumers stranded, injured or worse, and hit consumers with costly engine repairs. It's the wrong decision, at the wrong time, made for the wrong reasons.

"Refiners have manufactured safe, proven and reliable gasoline for the American people for more than 100 years, and consumer protection remains our top priority. It's unfortunate that EPA has rushed to judgment to put protection of the ethanol industry ahead of protection of the American people.

"We urge President Obama to reverse EPA's decision. Unless the use of a 15 percent ethanol blend in gasoline is shown to be safe for all engines as a result of thorough, objective and independent scientific testing, it should not be approved for any engines. We will continue pursuing our lawsuit against EPA on this issue to protect consumers and ensure the safety of the gasoline they rely on."

SOURCE: National Petrochemical & Refiners Association