is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Orange Labels Might Scare Motorists

Orange Labels Might Scare Motorists

Critics question E15 label warnings.

When those bright orange warning labels appear on pumps dispensing E15 gasoline with 15% ethanol, some say it will scare motorists from putting the fuel even in cars where it's permitted. Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, says he doesn't think anyone with a straight face would say this label would do anything except reduce the amount of E15 sold, even in applications where it's allowed.

Shaw questions the label's truthfulness because it says, in part, "fuel might damage other vehicles." Shaw says, because the government continues to study the impact of E15 on models from 2001 to 2006, there's no basis to say that E15 might damage cars older than 2007 models. He called that statement flat-out unsupportable and very prejudicial.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced two weeks ago that it was allowing the use of gasoline containing up to 15% ethanol in 2007 and newer cars and trucks. At the same time, the EPA proposed regulations, including the warning label, to ensure that the fuel isn't put in other vehicles. The ethanol content of gas used in conventional cars and trucks has been restricted to 10% until now.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.