Boaters Urged to Comment on Ethanol Proposal

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is asking boaters to contact the Environmental Protection Agency and voice their support of a proposal to modify the mandate requiring higher concentrations of ethanol in the nation’s gasoline fuel supply. The feedback deadline is January 28.

Ethanol is a gas additive made from corn. When added to fuel in concentrations higher than 10% it can damage marine engines and equipment.

In November, the EPA announced its proposal to modify the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to reduce the amount of ethanol required to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.

To make it easier for boaters to create and send a message to the EPA, the NMMA has set up a special page, which you can connect to by clicking here

“We already know that the ethanol and corn lobbies are submitting thousands of comments,” the NMMA says. “We can’t sit on the sidelines. It’s time to take action and let the EPA know that you want lower ethanol mandates in 2014.”

 

 

  • darwinfinch

    Nobody is looking to mandate more than 10% ethanol. These suggested changes to the RFS seek to tear apart the 10% mandate and undercut the foundations of our country renewable fuel movement. Major marine motor manufacturers like Mercury state explicitly that 10% ethanol is fine. The unmodified RFS won’t change anything relevant to boaters. If you support these changes, all you’re doing is helping Big Oil pull back on ethanol everywhere and solidify their monopoly.