WASHINGTON, D.C. - Responding to a lawsuit filed by engine manufacturers against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block E15 (15% ethanol/85% gasoline) from being sold as a legal fuel in the United States, the Renewable Fuels Association issued the following statement:

"EPA could have avoided this kind of market confusion by following all the science to its logical conclusion and allowing the use of E15 for all cars and light duty pickup trucks. The only way to meet the nation's energy, economic and environmental goals as put forth in the Renewable Fuels Standard is to increase ethanol consumption.

Allowing for the use of E15 blends is a safe and appropriate step toward meeting these goals. The RFA will continue to press for the safe and effective use of higher level ethanol blends in both conventional as well as flexible fuel vehicles."

SOURCE: Renewable Fuels Association