Global Automakers, as part of a coalition of automobile and engine product manufacturers, filed a petition on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Rule requiring labeling on gas pumps as a remedy for preventing the misfueling of vehicles and engines that cannot use gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15). Global Automakers believes the Rule is not adequate to prevent misfueling and that such misfueling will harm the environment in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Global Automakers also is asking the Court to overturn EPA's rejection of a joint petition for rulemaking that would have required retailers to continue to make E10 available for older vehicles. These vehicles are not warranted or certified for higher ethanol gasoline blends. Without the wide-spread availability of legacy fuels, consumers may have no choice but to misfuel their vehicles.