Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new plan to expand the use of biofuels like E15. The National Marine Manufacturers Association called the initiative “shortsighted,” warning that having more E15 in the marketplace will add to the problems consumers are already dealing with.
The proposal follows the administration’s decision earlier this year to lift the summertime ban on E15 sales. According to the NMMA newsletter Currents, the government wants to pump more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply beginning in 2020. The association says that to help achieve these numbers, the administration is considering permitting retailers to use the same fuel tanks to store E10 and E15. A final decision on the initiative is pending and NMMA said it will continue to monitor the situation.