The EPA announced Friday morning that they will be delaying their decision on whether or not to approve E15 for vehicle model years 2001-2006. Those who follow the ethanol industry shouldn’t be surprised, after all the EPA delayed the decision on vehicle model years 2007 and newer three times before being approved.
The good news is that the delay has nothing to do with the ethanol fuel’s performance, but is due to errors on the EPA’s part including an exhaust leak and improperly replaced spark plugs.
“I’m disappointed that the EPA has delayed this decision, but understand their efforts to make sure vehicle tests are completed thoroughly and appreciate that they are still moving forward so that consumers have additional fuel options in the marketplace. Increasing ethanol blends is an important step toward meeting renewable fuels targets that help displace foreign oil and bring jobs to South Dakota,” said South Dakota Senator, Tim Johnson.
The delay is expected to be about a month now making the announcement date sometime in January.
“We are confident that E15 is suitable for all vehicles on the road today and that the EPA will eventually approve it for vehicle model years 2001-2006,” said South Dakota Corn Growers Association president, Gary Duffy. “These higher blends of ethanol will produce additional jobs and continue to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.”