The Environmental Protection Agency has announced today that it will delay the final rule for the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) that tell refiners how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s director of federal and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros says, “NMMA is dismayed by today’s announcement from the EPA delaying their decision on the final 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations until 2015. The delay clearly demonstrates why Congress must act to fix the broken mandate. The move creates even more uncertainty in the marketplace and adds to the confusion surrounding the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. It is also a failure on the part of the EPA to honor their legal obligation to set the RVO levels annually.”
“By punting its decision, the EPA has done nothing to alleviate concerns regarding the continued availability of low-ethanol fuel blends relied upon by the boating industry. Consumers remain at high risk. We have serious, well-documented and data-driven concerns with the safety of high ethanol fuel blends which have been proven to cause damage to marine engines. This damage hurts manufacturers during a time of important economic recovery. The RFS is a broken law which sets unrealistic fuel mandates and requires a long term fix from Congress.”