Court's Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic Vehicles, Specialty Parts


August 17, 2012

Contact: Della Domingo

Court's Ethanol Decision Jeopardizes Historic
Vehicles, Specialty Parts

SEMA Urges Congress to Ban E15

(August 17, 2012)
- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
dismissed a lawsuit which challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) authority to grant a partial waiver for 15% ethanol (E15) content in
gasoline for 2001 and newer model year cars and light trucks. The court
found that the groups bringing the lawsuit, which included trade associations
representing manufacturers of cars, boats and power equipment, along with the
petroleum and food industries, lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

SEMA opposes E15 based on
scientific evidence that it causes corrosion with incompatible parts.
Ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode
metals, plastics and rubber. In light of the Court's decision, SEMA is
turning to the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to ban the sale of E15.

"Today's decision is
disappointing for the millions of motorists who own older cars or those with
high-performance specialty parts," said Steve McDonald, SEMA's Vice President,
Government Affairs. "These vehicles and parts are threatened with
destruction by E15's chemical properties. The EPA acknowledged the threat
but, beyond minimal labeling requirements, took no additional steps to ensure
that incompatible vehicles and engines were not misfueled with E15."

SEMA is seeking passage of
federal legislation (HR 3199) that would prevent the EPA from introducing E15
into the marketplace until the National Academies has conducted a study on how
gasoline blended with 15 to 20% ethanol may impact gas-powered vehicles.
The analysis would consider a variety of issues including tailpipe emissions,
materials compatibility and fuel efficiency. The bill has been approved
by the U.S. House Science Committee and is pending on the House floor.

SEMA represents thousands
of companies that market products for these vehicles and, through its SEMA
Action Network, millions of enthusiasts who buy and operate these

Contact: Stuart Gosswein at or 202/783-6007, ext. 30

About SEMA
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents
the $29.99 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,537 member-companies. It
is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth
information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides
appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for
passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575
S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909/396-0289, or visit


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