The National Marine Manufacturers Association hosted a press briefing this week with reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., regarding their new legislation designed to educate consumers about fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol and to clearly label it at the pumps.
The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018, H.R. 5855, would enhance current safeguards to better protect consumers from misfueling with E15, which is prohibited for use in boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, according to the NMMA.
The media event was held on the waterfront in DC at the Washington Marina Company. Reps. Scott and Frankel each gave remarks about the importance of their new bipartisan bill, why it matters to consumers and boaters, and took questions from the audience.
NMMA was joined by industry partners at the event, including: BoatU.S., the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and the American Sportfishing Association.
Check out the video here.
The Environmental Protection Agency is also considering approving biobutanol – a renewable fuel that has been tested extensively and deemed an ideal solution for marine engines – for highway use and broad dissemination at retail gas stations.