Many people don't know that you can't just sell anything out on the street and claim it's a fuel additive to put in your car.
There's actually a registration process that is mandated by law which requires companies like ours to submit an additive's formula to the EPA for "approval". While this may sound like just more government interference, it's actually a good thing to protect consumers from unscrupulous business people. Because we all know nobody would try to sell snake oil, right?
Speaking of snake oil, this EPA approval process isn't really about the EPA verifying that an additive does what it claims. It's much more about make sure an additive won't destroy your engine. The EPA looks for unusual things in the formula which aren't normally found in gasoline - stuff like heavy metals that would cause engine damage.
What happens if somebody puts together a witch's brew and starts selling it as the latest and greatest fuel miracle without first registering it? If they get caught, they're looking at big fines or even jail time.
This post was published on December 21, 2011 and was updated on November 19, 2013.