Last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, calling on it to stop the proposed year-round sale of E15 fuels and to strengthen its Misfuelling Mitigation Program. NMMA also issued a Boating United alert that urges all industry members to file comments against the year-round sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.
In a statement on the NMMA’s Currents website, the association posted, “The proposed rulemaking to allow for the year-round sale of E15 is deeply troubling to the recreational marine industry and EPA has established a Misfuelling Mitigation Program to reduce the likelihood of E15 blend fuels from being used in engines for which that fuel is not approved.”
In the statement, NMMA called the current MMP “grossly inadequate” and said it does not protect consumers adequately. It also said the rule will diminish consumer choice for ethanol-free fuels that are in demand by boaters and owners of small-engine products.
Industry members can submit original comments with the EPA by clicking here.