The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce soon whether it will allow an E15 ethanol standard in the nation's gasoline supply.
BoatU.S. is urging recreational boaters to speak out now and tell President Barack Obama that scientific testing on E15 must precede the EPA's decision and not come at a later date.
BoatU.S. fears that the EPA will approve an increase in ethanol before understanding its operational effects on marine engines. A strong solvent, ethanol has been known to degrade fuel systems and lead to expensive repairs.
"Last year, a record number of recreational boaters asked the EPA to test marine engines before allowing up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline," BoatU.S. vice president of government affairs Margaret Podlich said.
"While this testing has not been completed, we believe the EPA is getting ready to announce their decision on increased ethanol in the next couple of weeks. We expect the agency will allow E15 for some engines, and not others. In addition to the lack of scientific testing data, we suspect this will create different fuels with different prices, availability and add consumer confusion."
BoatU.S. is urging recreational boaters to go www.BoatUS.com/gov, let President Obama know their concerns about ethanol and ask him to require the EPA to complete the testing.
BoatU.S. is part of followthescience.org, a coalition of 46 motorsports, environmental, food and citizen advocate groups asking for "science first" before the EPA allows a new fuel on the market.