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Supreme Court Decides Not To Consider Industry Group’s Challenge Regarding EPA’s E15 Waivers

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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers says the Supreme Court’s decision leaves consumers at risk.

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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) expressed disappointment after learning that the Supreme Court has decided not to consider the association’s challenge of EPA’s E15 waivers.

“The Supreme Court’s decision denies the petitioners their day in court and will have negative repercussions for consumers,” said AFPM President Charles Drevna. “It is unfortunate that EPA’s decision to place politics ahead of science will stand.”

EPA’s waiver allows gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, called E15, to be sold into the general fuel supply. AFPM challenged the legality of EPA’s decision because E15 has been shown to cause engine damage in most automobiles, boats and outdoor power equipment, such as chainsaws and lawnmowers.

AFPM continues to assert that EPA overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act when it granted partial waivers to allow the use of E15 in certain engines, including vehicles model year 2001 and newer. Objective tests have shown that E15 may cause engine damage in vehicles and therefore should not be an approved fuel under the Clean Air Act that can be sold in the general gasoline supply.

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AFPM is not the only industry group opposed to E15, however. The SEMA Action Network also recently participated in a rally on Capitol Hill to protest the use of E15, as it poses a risk to older cars and motorcycles.

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