Sportsmen, boat owners and small engine users: Here is one last chance to tell the EPA what you think of 15 percent ethanol (E15) in your fuel. A national comment period by the Environmental Protection Agency ends on July 11.
The following engines can be quickly damaged (and manufacturer’s warranty voided) by using E15 fuel: All marine engines, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawnmowers, lawn equipment, tractors, chain saws, automobiles made before 2001, etc. E10 (10 percent ethanol) is the regular grade of gasoline now common in the United States and it is tolerated in the above engines. E15 fuel is already found in 23 states – including Tennessee – and it is sold at the same pumps as E10 (and cheaper). It is very easy to mis-fuel.
Here is the issue: The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the 2005 federal law that requires the blending of biofuels such as corn-ethanol into our gasoline. When it was written it assumed that America's use of gasoline would continue to rise, and the RFS mandated escalating amounts of biofuels to be blended with our fuel. Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges recreational boaters to send a message to the EPA now by going to the BoatUS page and insist that the agency lower the ethanol mandate to ensure an adequate supply of safe fuel for boats, small engines and older automobiles. Get additional information on the RFS.