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.

Senate committee considers broader E15 use

A U.S. Senate hearing was held this week on a bill that would expand the sale of fuel blends with 15 percent ethanol through the summer months, making them available year-round.

NMMA backs House ethanol reform bill

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to reform the law that dictates the amount of ethanol that gets blended into the overall fuel supply.

Testing has shown significant damage to engines burning E15 fuel.

Anti-E15 lobby is a diverse lot

It might surprise ethanol lobbyists that David Kennedy, the government affairs senior program manager for BoatUS, drives a Prius.

Critics say the ethanol content the Environmental Protection Agency is calling for would push the blend wall to all-time highs — beyond the level deemed safe for marine engines.

Ethanol foes say it’s crunch time

The boating industry is stepping up its pressure on the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress to stave off drastic ethanol increases in the fuel supply scheduled this year.

EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course from its initial proposal regarding mandated ethanol volumes for 2017, acting to increase the volumes more than initially proposed.

NMMA seeks clarity from Trump on ethanol policy

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is “eagerly awaiting” Donald Trump’s appointments to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Department of Agriculture to clarify the president-elect’s position on ethanol, which to date has largely supported ethanol increases in the fuel supply.

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