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Year-Round Sales of 'E-15' Would Harm America's Recreational Boaters
 


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Statement from Nicole Vasilaros--NMMA's vice president of federal and legal affairs--in:
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(VASILAROS):
"SPRING-WEATHER IS HERE--AND SUMMER IS AROUND THE CORNER--WHICH MEANS [THAT] IT'S BOATING-SEASON.  AS BOATERS HIT THE WATER, THEY NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THEIR FUEL-CHOICE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.  THAT'S BECAUSE THE E-P-A--THROUGH THE OUTDATED 'RENEWABLE-FUEL STANDARD'--IS FORCING HIGHER ETHANOL-BLENDS INTO THE MARKETPLACE.  HIGHER ETHANOL-BLENDS, SUCH AS 'E-15', HARM CONSUMERS--INCLUDING AMERICA'S 142-MILLION BOATERS:  TESTING BY THE RECREATIONAL-BOATING INDUSTRY FOUND THAT 'E-15' SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGES MARINE ENGINES; IN FACT, 'E-15' IS PROHIBITED IN BOAT-ENGINES.  BUT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S PROHIBITED, IT SOON COULD BE AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND--ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  AND, THE RISK IS REAL:  95-PERCENT OF BOATERS FILL UP THEIR BOAT-ENGINES AT GAS-STATIONS.  AND YET, A RECENT 'HARRIS POLL'--COMMISSIONED BY THE 'OUTDOOR POWER-EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE'--FOUND THAT 60-PERCENT OF CONSUMERS ASSUME [THAT] ANY GAS SOLD AT A STANDARD GAS-STATION IS ACCEPTABLE.  ACCIDENTALLY PUTTING THE WRONG FUEL IN A BOAT-ENGINE COULD MEAN COSTLY REPAIRS:  AMERICANS DESERVE TO BE EDUCATED ON THE DANGERS OF 'E-15'.  AND, THEY NEED SAFER FUEL-CHOICES, AT THE PUMP.  NO-ONE WANTS THEIR DAY ON THE WATER TO END IN THE REPAIR-SHOP.  CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION NEED TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM BROKEN ENGINES--AND [TO] FIX THE 'RENEWABLE-FUEL STANDARD'."



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