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.

Congressmen voice opposition to E15

Led by Reps. Raul Grijala, D-N.M., and Charlie Melancon, D-La., 22 members of Congress this week sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., urging them to oppose any effort to authorize the sale of E15 through an act of Congress, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The…more

Marine groups write to EPA about E15

This week, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pending decision on the Growth Energy waiver petition on E15, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, BoatU.S. and a number of other organizations sent a letter to administration officials urging them to base their decision on sound, scientific data. “We are writing to express our concern…more

EPA postpones ethanol decision

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it needs more time to decide whether to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline up to 15 percent. The federal agency was supposed to release its decision today on a waiver request by Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobby, for higher ethanol blends, but said it needed more time to review…more

ValvTect responds to Star brite lawsuit

ValvTect Petroleum Products said it filed a response to the lawsuit filed by Star brite that alleged a ValvTect comparison ad contained false information. In ValvTect’s response, it denied all of Star brite’s allegations and filed its own charges against Star brite for false advertising, deceptive and unfair practices. In its counterclaim, ValvTect alleges that…more

Ethanol bill introduced in Senate

Legislation designed to protect boaters and manufacturers from the problems associated with mid-level ethanol blends in gasoline was introduced Monday in the U.S. Senate. The Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Act of 2009, S. 1666, was introduced by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Ben Cardin, D-Md.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; and Mary Landrieu, D-La. The Clean Air Act…more

Judge grants Star brite injunction against ValvTect

A federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Monday granted Star brite’s motion for a preliminary injunction against ValvTect Petroleum Products in a lawsuit over comparison advertisements from ValvTect. “The court concludes that the claims in the ads in this case were not literally false, though they were misleading,” U.S. District Judge James Cohn wrote…more

NMMA submits comments opposing E15 waiver

The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted nearly 40 pages of comments Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency, opposing a waiver that would allow ethanol blends up to 15 percent. The waiver request was submitted by Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobby. The NMMA has long contended that higher ethanol blends could lead to serious performance, durability…more

E15 comment period ends today

Today is the last day of the comment period on the petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requesting a waiver to allow ethanol gasoline blends of up to 15 percent. The comment period was slated to end May 21, but the additional time allowed boaters, marine industry employees and other concerned parties more time…more

E15 comment deadline approaches

Recreational marine groups are urging boaters to speak up on ethanol-blended gasoline before July 20, the deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s comment period on E15 gasoline. In March, Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobbying organization, and 54 ethanol producers petitioned the EPA to allow an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10…more

Soundings e-news launches with ethanol focus

Trade Only sister publication Soundings magazine will launch a new e-newsletter Tuesday, and the focus of the first issue is the controversial topic of ethanol-blended gasoline. “Dispatches” is a new electronic publication from the Essex, Conn.-based consumer boating magazine. This first issue examines ethanol and its effect on marine engines, and will encourage readers to…more

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