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Congressmen voice opposition to E15

Led by Reps. Raul Grijala, D-N.M., and Charlie Melancon, D-La., 22 members of Congress this week sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., urging them to oppose any effort to authorize the sale of E15 through an act of Congress, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports.

The use of E15 is currently pending a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has stated it needs more data before determining whether to approve or deny a petition submitted by Growth Energy.

The NMMA, and other industry groups, oppose the waiver unless and until independent scientific data demonstrates that E15 will not harm marine engines or boats.

In addition, the NMMA recently joined with other non-road engine, automobile, and convenience store organizations on a letter to EPA assistant administrator Margo Oge opposing the issuance of a so-called partial waiver, which would allow E15 only for certain new cars.

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