Skip to main content

NMMA opposes EPA’s ethanol volume requirements for 2019

Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its blended fuel-volume levels for 2019. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the Renewable Volume Obligation requires 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be mixed into the national’s fuel supply in the coming year.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association strongly opposed the volume levels in public comments and in meetings with the EPA prior to the agency’s official announcement. The NMMA said it will continue to work to protect consumers against fuel with higher levels of ethanol.

“Friday’s announcement by the EPA reinforces what we already knew: Consumers are an afterthought under the current RFS,” Thom Dammrich, NMMA president, said in a statement. “The Trump Administrations’ 2019 RVO levels put Americans at risk and pump billions of gallons of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply, compounding previous bad policy decisions — most notably, the recent proposal to expand sales of E15 year-round.”

The NMMA’s primary concern is that most consumers are not aware of the dangers posed by fuel blended with ethanol at a ratio that’s higher than 10 percent. “Federal regulation prohibits the use of E15 in small engines,” said Dammrich in the statement. “These engines — including those in boats, lawn mowers and motorcycles — suffer damage when fueled with blends exceeding 10 percent ethanol, while voiding their warrantees and saddling consumers with high repair and replacement costs.”

Related

norm

Tune Out the Negative

We’re selling the No. 1 family fun experience, and Memorial Day weekend is upon us, so don’t get consumed in a downward spiral. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters to avoid E15 this summer.

1_DAVIVOYAGE

Italian Skipper Completes RIB Voyage for the Environment

In collaboration with Suzuki Marine, Sergio Davi covered 10,000 miles aboard the 38-footer with twin DF300B outboards to raise awareness about protecting ocean ecosystems.

1_MARINAGAS

Boaters Face Record-High Fuel Costs

Here’s a sampling of gasoline and diesel prices at the fuel dock heading into Memorial Day weekend.

1_WELLCRAFT

Wellcraft Launches 355 Power Cruiser

The new boat is a departure for the storied builder, known most recently for its center console fishing boats.

1_BOOT

Registration Open for Boot Düsseldorf 2023

Organizers encourage reserving space early, as interest for the Jan. 21-29 boat show is high.

1_HURRICANESEASON

NOAA Forecasts Another Busy Hurricane Season

The agency predicts that hurricane activity will be above normal for the seventh consecutive year, with 14 to 21 named storms.