IBEX adds seminar on evaporative emissions

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The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference will offer a seminar on new emissions requirements and potential fuel changes for boatbuilders, engine builders and fuel-system equipment manufacturers.

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized the evaporative emissions rule earlier this year. In 2010 and beyond, boatbuilders will need to comply with California's version of an evaporative emission rule, American Boat & Yacht Council refueling and spit-back standards, as well as the possibility of 15 percent ethanol gasoline.

"Each boatbuilder needs to be aware of these recent developments to stay ahead of the curve in order to make the proper production decisions and manage our ever-changing business effectively," said John McKnight, director of environmental safety and compliance for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, in a statement.

The seminar, Evaporative Emission Fuel Update, will inform manufacturers on compliance with the EPA rule. It also will include an update on the California evaporative emission proposal and how its requirements compare to the EPA and ABYC standards being developed for controlling spit-back during refueling. Boat design and fuel system changes being considered to meet the standards will also be discussed.

Speakers include Harold Haskew, Harold Haskew & Associates Inc.; Rich Kolb, Volvo Penta of the Americas; John McKnight; and Mark Reichers, Mercury Marine. Following the presentation, a discussion will be held on higher levels of ethanol in gasoline.

Click here to register for this seminar.

In addition, the Evaporative Emission Solution Route seminar will again be offered within the exhibit halls to assist boatbuilders facing this issue. More than 25 exhibitors who manufacture products and technologies that provide solutions to the issue have qualified to be included on the new solution route.

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