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.

Gas prices loom large for new Congress

The new Congress has yet to unveil its full agenda, but lobbyists and observers see one issue they’ll likely confront: what to do about rising gasoline prices. Pump prices have jumped during the last six weeks and some experts predict that they will continue to climb. Former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister predicts that increased…more

NMMA comments on E15 label proposal

The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday regarding the proposed labeling the agency has recommended to ensure that consumers do not mistakenly use E15 in their engines. Gasoline with 15 percent ethanol has been approved for use in cars 2007 or newer, but not in older-model cars…more

Lawsuit seeks to block E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and several other groups today filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging an Oct. 13 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to partially approve E15 for a subset of on-highway motor vehicles. The NMMA is joining the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the Alliance of…more

Groups seek more time on proposed E15 rules

A diverse group of 24 organizations, including those representing the marine industry, this week asked the Environmental Protection Agency to allow an additional 60 days for public comment on proposed regulations designed to prevent misfueling with gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. The deadline is currently Jan. 3. The letter says the extension is needed “to…more

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

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