Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

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Still something left in the tank

When Jerry Nessenson says he is retiring, he’s using the term somewhat loosely. The founder of ValvTect Petroleum Products might be leaving the company, but he will continue as a consultant to fuel and gasoline marketers and distributors with his new firm and plans to maintain a presence in the marine industry.

Few gasoline stations sell non-ethanol fuel. This one is in Florida.

House members question EPA on ethanol increase

In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, 45 members of the House of Representatives questioned the agency about what it has done to protect boat owners and other small-engine equipment consumers from accidentally misfueling with E15 and higher blends of ethanol.

NMMA testifies against ethanol increase at EPA hearing

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Michael Lewan testified last week at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on a proposed change to renewable fuel standards that would increase the amount of ethanol blended into the overall fuel supply.

NMMA urges comment on EPA ethanol proposal

The Environmental Protection Agency opened the public comment period on its proposal to increase biofuels in the 2017 fuel supply, a move that would increase the amount of ethanol in the fuel supply and prompt more pumps selling fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15.

BoatUS and NMMA caution boaters on misfueling

As the Memorial Day weekend starts off the summer boating season, BoatUS and the National Marine Manufacturers Association are urging boaters to be mindful when they select fuel for their boats.

EPA proposes new ethanol increase in fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency again has proposed increasing the amount of biofuels to be mixed into the gasoline supply, but at levels set below the Renewable Fuel Standard, the law that mandates the increases.

New York bill proposes ethanol-free fuel

A bill that would allow marinas in New York to sell E0 gasoline, or fuel with no ethanol blended in, was heard this week by the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. 

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