Triple-A is issuing a warning about E-15, saying sales of the fuel should be halted until it's more thoroughly tested.
Triple-A is issuing a warning about E-15, saying sales of the fuel should be halted until it's more thoroughly tested. The motor club is urging the federal E-P-A to stop allowing the 15-percent ethanol blend to be pumped, claiming it's damaging millions of engines. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Nebraska, says consumers don't realize how harmful the fuel may be.
Rose White, Triple-A-Nebraska "warranty coverage"
Only certain vehicles are made to use the fuel. Of some 240-millon vehicles on the road, roughly 12-million are considered "flex fuel" capable. Ethanol supporters say E-15 is safe for virtually all post-2001 vehicles, based on extensive government-sponsored testing. E-15 is only sold in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency says E-15 is safe to pump for flex fuel vehicles, but Triple-A is urging the E-P-A to stop allowing the sale of the fuel. Triple-A says it could be hurting millions of engines and voiding warranties. Triple-A-Nebraska's Rose White says consumers need to be absolutely certain what type of fuel their vehicle can take.
White "owner's manual"
Nebraska is the nation's number-two ethanol producer, behind only Iowa. About 95-percent of the gasoline sold in the U-S is up to ten-percent ethanol. The E-15 fuel contains five-percent more ethanol.
Triple-A is calling for an end to the sale of E-15, warning it may be damaging millions of engines. After winning EPA approval several months ago, Rose White at Triple-A-Nebraska says E-15 is still only sold in three Midwestern states.
White "to grow"
Eight of those stations are in Kansas, with one each in Iowa and Nebraska. The lone Nebraska station is in Lexington.
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