NMMA Capitol Hill briefing addresses composite technology

More than 40 Capitol Hill staff from the House and Senate attended an early April briefing to learn more about an important U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory issue facing the recreational boating industry.

Assistance is needed from Congress regarding a petition for reconsideration to allow the continued use of HFC-134a in the manufacturing of composite stringers and bulkheads.

This composite technology is extremely durable and as strong as wood with a reduced weight.

First developed and applied in boat manufacturing nearly 25 years ago, the technology has since migrated to be used in the fabrication of truck trailers and in bridge decking.

If the EPA does not approve the petition for a limited use exemption, this technology will be banned under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule in 2020.

Jeff Arevalos, vice president of engineering at Intrepid Powerboats, presented during the briefing and discussed how the technology has benefits in boat construction and performance.

Arevalos was joined by Scott Lewitt, president and founding partner of Structural Composites, Inc. and Compsys Inc., who further discussed the technology and how it ultimately results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

If you have questions or would like more information on the HFC-134a issue, please contact NMMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs John McKnight.

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