Education Needed About Fuel Dangers
Published on September 5th, 2017
Last week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added 38 states and the District of Columbia to a Clean Air Act waiver that allows the sale of 15 percent ethanol gasoline blends, ending the summer restriction on sales of the fuel because of Hurricane Harvey.
In response, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) sent a letter to EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, urging immediate and effective education for the American public given the damaging impact of E15 on marine engines.
The letter states, “Your waivers on August 30th and August 31st allowing for the sale of E15 in nearly two thirds of the country puts our nation’s 142 million boaters at significant risk. E15 severely damages marine engines, creating real danger for boaters and the American public. To ensure Americans are protected, EPA must immediately and effectively educate the public about the proper use of E15.”
NMMA pointed out in the letter that, “Like many throughout our country, we have watched and read about harrowing rescues of people from flooded communities [due to Hurricane Harvey]. More often than not, these rescues are being done via boat. This is why your recent waivers allowing for the expanded sale of E15—including in Texas and Louisiana— are especially troubling. The very boats being used in rescue and recovery missions are now at risk for severe damage by users unknowingly filling them with E15, putting these boaters in harm’s way.”
NMMA has made available consumer education materials as part of the ‘Look Before You Pump’ campaign, under it’s Ethanol Awareness Materials section on NMMA.org.