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 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

Federal court denies E15 appeal

An appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow E15 into the fuel supply was denied this week in federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a rehearing on the EPA decision that put E15, fuel that is 15 percent ethanol, on the market. The National Marine Manufacturers…more

Gas engines dominate Ward’s list

Ward’s 10 Best Engines, auto industry honors for car and light truck engines, were announced for 2013. For the first time in seven years, the list is composed entirely of gasoline-powered engines, with no hybrid, all-electric or diesel powertrains to be found. Although this result might seem to go against the grain of the industry’s…more

NMMA applauds AAA’s stance against E15

AAA has come out against the use of E15 at gas stations. “With little consumer knowledge about E15 and less than 5 percent of cars on the road approved by automakers to use that fuel, AAA is urging regulators and the industry to stop the sale of E15 until motorists are better protected,” the federation…more

NMMA appeals E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to request a review of a recent ruling on E15. NMMA legislative director Jim Currie told Soundings Trade Only that the group had moved this week to ask the court to reconsider an August ruling. “We are…more

North Carolina builder offers ValvTect with purchase

Beaufort, N.C.-based Parker Boats will include a sample of ValvTect Ethanol Gasoline Treatment with each new boat to help owners avoid problems that ethanol-blended gas can cause. “Although we build our boats to the industry’s most stringent specifications, ethanol gasoline can destabilize very quickly and cause corrosion and other problems to the fuel delivery systems…more

Groups weigh court options after E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is reviewing its litigation options after a three-member panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed the marine industry’s challenge to allowing E15 into the fuel supply. The 2-1 decision was disappointing, but was “procedural,” Cindy Squires, the NMMA’s chief counsel of public affairs…more

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