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.

Bill introduced to bar sales of E15

Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that seeks to block the sale of E15. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced legislation last week to block an increase in the amount of ethanol that can be blended with gasoline, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The bill would overturn Environmental Protection Agency…more

ValvTect names Marina of the Year

Island Marine Fuel of Balboa Island, Calif., received the 2012 ValvTect Marina of the Year award at the recent International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. ValvTect said the marina was chosen for outstanding customer service, environmental stewardship, contributions to its community and extensive marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels. David Beek, grandson of founder…more

Survey: Some E15 sellers don’t label pump

A recent survey found that 35 percent of the registered sellers of E15 are not labeling the higher-ethanol gas at the pump. Six of the 17 registered sellers of E15 had not labeled the pump accordingly, according to Cindy Squires, chief counsel of public affairs and director of regulatory affairs for the National Marine Manufacturers…more

Push to stop E15 could head to Supreme Court

A coalition of groups opposed to the sale of E15 will likely take their case to the Supreme Court. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is just one of the groups that say the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority by granting a waiver allowing the sale of fuel with 15 percent ethanol. “Based on the…more

NMMA makes case to Congress on fuel standard

The National Marine Manufacturers Association made its case with several other groups Tuesday to federal lawmakers on the negative impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The briefing brought together more than 70 House members or staff members and more than 50 members of the Senate and their staff as the NMMA highlighted concerns about the…more

Coalition seeks fuel standard repeal through legislation

A coalition of groups seeking to reform or repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels such as ethanol, is shopping legislation to the House and Senate on Capitol Hill today. Representatives of organizations ranging from environmental groups and those concerned with hunger in developing nations to taxpayer watchdog groups and refinery…more

EPA seeks input on 2013 fuel standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public feedback on its new recommendations for biofuel volume targets. The EPA is proposing 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program. The proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are: • Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.12 percent)…more

NMMA plans conference call on fuel standards

On Monday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association will join a diverse group of stakeholders in holding a conference call to discuss the negative impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The NMMA will address the concerns of the recreational boating industry as it relates to the dangers to consumers of using fuel with a percentage of…more

Wall Street Journal criticizes EPA after biofuel ruling

An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal says the Environmental Protection Agency might as well task the biofuel industry with providing mermaids. The article was written after Friday’s D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said the EPA had abused the law with “an unreasonable exercise of agency discretion” and vacated the 2012 cellulosic…more

Appeals court rules against EPA on biofuel estimates

A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is overestimating the amount of fuel that can be produced from grasses, wood and other non-food plants in an effort to promote a fledgling biofuels industry. There have been high hopes in Washington that the cellulosic industry would take off as farmers, food manufacturers and…more

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