NMMA on hand for ethanol press conference on Monday

The NMMA will be part of a group discussing the impact of the ethanol increase proposed by the EPA.
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The NMMA will be part of a group discussing the impact of the ethanol increase proposed by the EPA.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will be part of a group discussing with journalists the impact of the ethanol increase proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency during a press conference set for Monday.

API Downstream, part of the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Motorcyclist Association will also be on hand to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and its impact on drivers, boaters and motorcyclists.

The webinar will offer a question and answer session for journalists.

The EPA’s newest proposal offered in May increases the need for higher blends of ethanol to record levels in 2017, pushing further past the E10 blend wall, according to critics of the proposal. The blend wall is the term used for the maximum amount of ethanol in fuel that all engines can tolerate — which is E10, or 10 percent ethanol.

The newest increase edges the required amount of renewable fuel up from 18.11 billion gallons required in 2016 to 18.8 gallons in 2017. Of that, 14.8 billion gallons is designated as corn ethanol.

That will force an increase of 700 million gallons and endanger more consumers, including recreational boaters, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Speaking on Monday will be API Downstream and industry operations group director Frank Macchiarola, NMMA government relations senior manager Michael Lewan, and American Motorcyclist Association government relations deputy director Rick Podliska.

The discussion will be by RSVP only and is only open to members of the media.

Read about the press conference in Tuesday’s Trade Only Today.

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