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.

Two GOP senators oppose ethanol tax credits

Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, are encouraging Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., not to extend tax credits for the ethanol industry, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. Inhofe is the ranking member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Collins is the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental…more

ValvTect signs marketing deal with MarineFuel.com

ValvTect Petroleum announced an exclusive partnership and co-marketing agreement with MarineFuel.com, a real-time fuel pricing website and marina search engine. ValvTect-certified marinas can be found by browsing the MarineFuel.com real-time marinas directory database. Registering as a free basic member with MarineFuel.com will give boaters the opportunity to experience advanced capabilities at no charge or obligation…more

NMMA urges EPA to do more to prevent misfueling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association cautioned the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday against doing too little to establish meaningful misfueling controls to protect boaters from incompatible ethanol blends now that E15 has been approved for some later models of cars. NMMA legislative director Mat Dunn spoke to the agency during a public hearing in Chicago. Last…more

GOP could change ethanol policy

Could GOP wins in the midterm elections mean trouble for ethanol producers? Following the Republican Party’s capture of a majority in the House of Representatives, U.S. policy on the use of biofuels for transportation could be about to change, according to an article on Forbes.com. Current policy is based on the use of “blender credits”…more

EPA seeks comments on proposed E15 label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on its proposed point-of-sale label, as well as all aspects of the label language, in conjunction with its recent decision to allow the sale of E15 for certain motor vehicles. Click here to read the full proposal and submit a comment. “[The National Marine Manufacturers Association] has…more

New Coast Guard law includes E15 study

President Barack Obama recently signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act into law, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The legislation strengthens the Coast Guard as a military service and branch of the armed forces in the Department of Homeland Security by providing organizational flexibility for the Coast Guard. The law also includes several provisions important…more

ValvTect won’t sell E15 at certified marinas

ValvTect said E15 fuel will not be sold at gasoline fuel pumps at ValvTect-certified marinas. “Although E15 is not approved for use in marine engines at this time, it is possible it may work its way into the marine industry. To be certain there is no misunderstanding, the sale of E15 will be strictly prohibited…more

Hearing set on proposed E15 pump-label rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public hearing in November on proposed gasoline pump-label rulemaking in connection with its recent approval of E15. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it plans to attend the hearing and it…more

Industry braces for E15 impact

Marine engines are excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol, but the approval could still have a wide negative impact on boating, according to marine engine builders and industry experts. The waiver applies to fuel that contains as much as 15 percent…more

Voices speak out against E15 approval

The marine industry isn’t the only one disappointed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow E15 in cars made in 2007 or later. The following are excerpts of comments from other industry groups that oppose the decision: • National Association of Convenience Stores “EPA’s decision to allow the use of E15 in certain vehicles…more

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