NMMA-led coalition seeks plan on E15 labeling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association joined a group asking Congress to make changes to help consumers avoid misfueling.
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The National Marine Manufacturers Association joined a group asking Congress to make changes to help consumers avoid misfueling — unwittingly filling a gas tank with fuel containing 15 percent ethanol in situations in which the higher blend could harm an engine.

The NMMA said it recently spearheaded a coalition of small-engine manufacturers and consumer groups in drafting and submitting a letter to Congress suggesting solutions to problems with the Environmental Protection Agency’s misfueling mitigation plan to protect small engines from the harmful effects of E15.

Data show that the American public is unaware of E15 and its harmful effects on small engines, the NMMA said.

More needs to be done to protect consumers from damaging recreational vehicle engines by accidentally using E15, according to the Oct. 13 letter sent by a coalition of 10 trade groups.

The American Petroleum Institute plans to press members of Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard when lawmakers return for their 2016 lame-duck session after the Nov. 8 election, an official said during an Oct. 18 luncheon at the institute’s headquarters.

“We’ll try to work with members after the election because it would get the process started,” Downstream and Industry Operations Group director Frank J. Macchiarola told reporters, according to Oil & Gas Journal. “Incoming members also could pick it up in 2017, especially if they’re from the same party.”

“This is the No. 1 issue for our member companies and their consumers,” NMMA senior manager for government relations Michael Lewan said during the luncheon.

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