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NMMA sounds loud alarm on year-round E15

By The National Marine Manufacturers Association

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced that his administration is moving to allow year-round sale of 15 percent ethanol blended fuel, or E15.
 
The National Marine Manufacturers Association and its coalition partners worked to prevent this action and are evaluating options to thwart the E15 sale expansion.

 “President Trump’s decision to proceed with year-round E15 sales places bad policy on top of bad policy, NMMA’s President Thom Dammrich, stated in response. "In addition to being legally dubious, this action will put millions of American consumers at a greater risk of misfuelling, so a small, politically important group can benefit.” 

Dammrich said in the short-term, NMMA is most concerned about consumers. Sixty-five percent of people assume that any gas sold at the pump is safe for all their products, not realizing federal regulation prohibits the use of E15 in small engines – like those in boats, lawn mowers, and motorcycles. Lifting the restriction on E15 sales during the summer months can make misfuelling even more likely.

“While today’s announcement is not surprising, the overwhelming opposition to expanding E15 sales – which includes various business, energy, and environmental organizations – is striking," Dammrich said. "When such strange bedfellows are aligned against a course of action, leaders would be wise to reevaluate their position." 

Dammrich called for President Trump to abandon his"irresponsible proposal" and instead work with Congress on reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard to deliver changes that result in better outcomes for all Americans. "Otherwise, we will continue to be stuck with a system that only picks winners and losers," Dammrich added.

NMMA is continuing to be loud on this issue and is addressing the industry's concerns head on. For more information, please contact NMMA Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros at nvasilaros@nmma.org or NMMA Director of Federal Affairs Michael Pasko at mpasko@nmma.org.

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