This week, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's pending decision on the Growth Energy waiver petition on E15, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, BoatU.S. and a number of other organizations sent a letter to administration officials urging them to base their decision on sound, scientific data.
"We are writing to express our concern that EPA may allow E15 based on limited or inadequate data, as implied in its Nov. 30 letter to Growth Energy," the groups wrote to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson; Department of Energy secretary Steven Chu; and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner.
"We urge EPA to base its decision on a complete and sound scientific record, and we urge DOE to help provide this science by spending all of the $15 million targeted for expanding and accelerating mid-level ethanol blends research in the 2010 appropriations bill ...," the letter states.
The federal agency had been set to release a decision in December on a waiver request by Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol lobby group, for higher ethanol blends, but said it needed more time to review test data.
A decision by the EPA is expected in midyear.
Also this week, the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, a think tank based at Rice University, released a study concluding that Congress should revise ethanol targets to more achievable levels. Here's the summary report on that study.