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 waivers that allowed sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, or E15.
The higher blend of ethanol has been found to cause engine damage, reduce fuel efficiency and contribute to higher corn prices and rising food costs for American consumers.
The NMMA has long been opposed to the introduction of E15 into the marketplace. The results of research have continued to show the devastating effects that E15 can have on marine engines.
Most recently, the NMMA's action on the issue culminated in a Hill briefing to educate policymakers and their staff about the negative effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard and E15.The briefing brought together more than 70 House members or staff members and more than 50 members of the Senate and their staff.