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Your chance to speak out

On March 6, Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers submitted an application for a waiver of the prohibition of the introduction into commerce of certain fuels and fuel additives set forth in the Clean Air Act, including a waiver for ethanol gasoline blends of up to 15 percent by volume ethanol (''E15'').

A new fuel filter for a Yamaha outboard compared to one with a residue found throughout the fuel system, which shut down its high-pressure pump.
A new fuel filter for a Yamaha outboard compared to one with a residue found throughout the fuel system, which shut down its high-pressure pump.

By statute, the EPA must grant or deny this application by Dec. 1. The EPA is soliciting comments on all aspects of the waiver application, including whether a waiver is appropriate for ethanol-gasoline blends over 10 percent and less than 15 percent. Written comments must be received on or before July 20.

BoatU.S. and the NMMA in May urged their members to make some noise. They did. By late May, more than 25,000 concerned boaters and marine industry advocates had sent comments to EPA. The comment period was extended to July 20.

"I had to remove the carburetor on my own outboard four or five times because of ethanol fuel," says Larry Holcombe in his letter to the EPA. "If I had to pay for this, it would have been $300 or $400. A small fiberglass fuel tank that started coming apart and leaked in a sailboat cost a friend over $1,500 to replace."

Submit comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2009-0211, by one of the following methods:
  • Comment through the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
  • Read the docket on Regulations.gov and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Fax: (202) 566-1741.
  • Mail (include two copies of your letter): Air and Radiation Docket, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009- 0211, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail code: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460.

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