Tag Archives: e15

NMMA releases results from industry policy survey

This morning, NMMA released the results from its first boating industry policy survey, serving as a critical component of the association’s strategic plan to solicit industry engagement. More than 1,500 responded to the survey – exceeding the association’s projections – which will play an important role in shaping NMMA’s policy priorities in the coming year. According to the survey results, ...

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NMMA Joins OPEI for E15 consumer education

The National Marine Manufacturers Association partnership with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has launched “Protect Your Power” – a consumer education campaign in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement and intention to expand the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) year-round. NMMA and OPEI have long advised and educated consumers about the challenges E15 pose to smaller engines, ...

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BoatUS responds to president’s plan for year-round E15

The nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States, reacted negatively to the recent news of the Trump Administration’s plan to permit the sale of E15 (15 percent ethanol) fuel year-round. E15 is prohibited by federal law for use in recreational boat engines, voids many marine engine warranties, and is currently ...

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NMMA sounds loud alarm on year-round E15

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 ...

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NMMA ramps up advocacy efforts after Congressional summer recess

Last week, NMMA and their members held several events and meetings on Capitol Hill and with the administration to highlight the recreational boating industry’s priorities – including trade, the Modern Fish Act, E15, and workforce development. The November midterm elections are just around the corner and NMMA is working diligently to accomplish the industry’s objectives before the end of the ...

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Trade association submits comments on E15 levels

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has submitted official comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations. Every year the EPA proposes new RVOs, which determine how much ethanol will be blended into the U.S. fuel supply. EPA is proposing maintaining current levels of ethanol for 2019. “This proposed rule endangers millions of boat owners by ...

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Ethanol still presents an industry challenge

Technician shortage also addressed in survey Congress and the Trump Administration are currently exploring ways to reform the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. There are a number of alternatives being discussed, all of which will have a significant impact on the recreational boating industry. Will E15 be expanded in the fuel supply? Will better alternatives like biobutanol be ...

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Consumer education remains key fuel-related issue

Industry insiders remain hopeful that the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 will promote much needed public education on the proper use of E15. To combat the U.S. Environmental Agency’s current E15 labeling, the bill directs the agency to involve consumers, through focus group testing, in creating labels and pump safeguards that effectively raise awareness of the prohibited ...

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U.S. House Committee approves E15 education amendment

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies spending bill, which encourages the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start a new public education campaign regarding E15. The National Marine Manufacturers Association worked closely with Representative Andy Harris (R-MD-01) who introduced the amendment. Rep. Harris’s amendment details the problems that E15 ...

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NMMA, members of Congress host press conference on E15 legislation

Yesterday, NMMA hosted a press briefing with Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) regarding their new legislation, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 5855). The new bill would enhance current safeguards to better protect consumers from misfueling with E15, which is prohibited for use in boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. E15 and consumer education ...

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