FTC rule amends labeling requirements for certain ethanol blends

By Erin Voegele | January 20, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has published a rule in the Federal Register finalizing amendments to its rule for automotive fuel ratings, certification and posting. The new rule adopts rating, certification and labeling requirements for certain ethanol fuel blends. According to the notice, the amendments further the rule’s goal of helping purchasers identify the correct fuel for their vehicles.

A pre-publication version of the rule was released by the FTC in late December. It establishes specific rating and certification requirements for ethanol blends above 10 percent and below 83 percent. It also modifies the ethanol fuel labeling to permit a single pump label for high-level ethanol blends. In addition, the final amendments do not adopt infrared spectrophotometry as a method to determine octane rating for gasoline, as was proposed in the rulemaking published in 2014.

The amendments become effective July 14. Additional information is available on the Federal Register website.