The sale of E15, gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, has started again today. The NMMA has issued a warning in its Currents newsletter.
“E15 will hit the market again – an unfortunate, annual event that puts countless American consumers at risk, including 142 million boaters,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president in a statement. “It seems clear that lawmakers and regulators understood the myriad of problems E15 poses when they approved its sale in 2012. Otherwise, they would not have restricted the sale of E15 during summer months.”
The sale of E15 was restricted by Congress between June 1 and September 15.
“Most consumers are unaware that federal law prohibits fueling small engines with ethanol blends exceeding 10 percent because of its corrosive and dangerous effects,” continued Dammrich in the statement
“Current lax labeling requirements are not doing consumers any favors. Instead, they are blindsided when they show up for an engine repair – or worse, become stranded on the water – to find out they’ve been misfuelling and voided their warranty,” Dammrich added.
NMMA is backing the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018, introduced by Representatives Austin Scott (R-GA-08) and Lois Frankel (D-FL-21). The trade association is urging the House and Senate to pass the bill into law.
Dammrich also called on the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for ethanol fuel blends exceeding 10 percent.
“With 95 percent of boaters fueling at retail gas stations, it’s imperative they know the fuel they’re using is safe – regardless of which month it is,” said Dammrich. “Summer may officially end in a few days, but consumers will not mothball every product unable to run on E15 until next June. Congress and the administration should act quickly to increase awareness around the dangers of E15, so consumers are protected 365 days a year.”