In an effort to clarify the recent Underwriters Laboratory decision regarding E85 fuel pumps, the American Coalition for Ethanol is reassuring retailers that there is no concern regarding E10 fuel pumps.
“It’s important to be clear that Underwriters Laboratories’ decision has absolutely no impact on pumps that dispense ethanol blends up to 10 percent,” said Ron Lamberty, ACE Vice President of Market Development.
ACE also pointed out that the E85 pump certification change does not mean that all E85 pumps will be shut down. Underwriters Laboratories, on its own, has no legal authority. A UL listing for fuel pumps is only required in states or municipalities which have written such a requirement into their laws – so the group’s decision will affect E85 pumps in some, but not all, locations. In many cities and states this issue has already been addressed, and E85 fuel will continue to be available while UL studies the issue further.
The U.S. Department of Energy and UL are holding a joint “E85 Compatibility Technical Forum” Wednesday and Thursday to obtain additional advice to aid in the development of specifications for E85 pumps.