Reps. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Austin Scott, R-Ga., reintroduced legislation that would clearly define and label E15 — gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol — at pumps.
The legislation, known as the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act, is intended to better protect engines in boats, motorcycles, pre-2001 model year vehicles and outdoor power equipment.
“As we are presented with more choices at the gas pump, it is imperative that American consumers know exactly what kind of fuel they are putting into their engines,” said Rep. Scott in a statement.
“Gas pumps today are riddled with confusing labels and fail to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of fueling small engine equipment with E15,” Scott said.
The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 seeks to ensure that E15 is more clearly labelled and consumers are made better aware of the damages misfuelling can cause to vehicles, power equipment, and boats, said Scott.
“By making fuel-pump labels easier to decipher and coordinating public education programs at multiple levels, this legislation can save consumers time and energy at the pumps and avoid headaches and costs down the road,” Scott said.
Both legislators are members of the Congressional Boating Caucus.
“With the EPA working to authorize year-round sales of E15 ahead of the 2019 summer season, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act is needed now more than ever,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, in a statement.
Reps. Frankel and Scott have been “tireless advocates” in the effort to protect consumers from misfuelling, Dammrich said.