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.

EPA expands E15 rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today waived a limitation on selling gasoline that contains more than 10 percent ethanol for model-year 2001 through 2006 cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks. The agency also announced that no waiver is being granted this year for E15 use in any motorcycles, heavy-duty vehicles or non-road engines, including boat…more

Another E15 decision expected soon

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule later this month on the use of E15 in vehicle models from the years 2001-2006, a decision the agency postponed last fall because it had not completed its tests, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. This is in addition to its October ruling allowing E15 in cars built…more

ValvTect president: Industry can help solve E15 problems

E15 is headed our way, but boating can survive and thrive in its presence through education and maintenance, the head of one of the leading manufacturers of fuel additives told marine industry journalists last week. “I think the marine industry needs to be part of the solution,” Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum Products, said…more

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

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