ISMA Concerned About E15 Fuel, Requests Scientific Analysis
Published on February 9, 2012 in In The News, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association is in support of Congressman Sensenbrenner’s bill to require proper testing of E-15 fuel before introduction into the marketplace. Below is a copy of the letter the Coalition members sent to members of the US Congress.

February 6, 2012
The Honorable Ralph Hall
Chairman
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
2321 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson
Ranking Member
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
394 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

The undersigned organizations urge you to support H.R. 3199. This important piece of legislation would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct necessary scientific and technical analysis on the implications of introducing mid-level ethanol blends into the marketplace before EPA moves forward with registering such fuels.
Several objective studies indicate that significantly more research and testing needs to be completed before gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, known as “E15,” or other mid-level ethanol blends can be introduced into commerce. H.R. 3199 will require the NAS and EPA to conduct a necessary comprehensive assessment of the testing that has been conducted and still needs to be done of on-road, off-road, and marine engines, vehicles and related equipment prior to the implementation of any waiver for mid-level ethanol blends. This bill takes a critical step towards ensuring that any mid-level ethanol blends are introduced into commerce in a manner that protects consumers and the environment.
While our organizations have divergent priorities, consumer protection is a common high priority and we are united in opposition to the premature introduction of E15. Simply stated, this bill will halt EPA’s rush to introduce mid-level ethanol blends and ensure such fuel blends receive the proper scientific analysis before being put into the marketplace.
We collectively urge you to support Representative Sensenbrenner’s legislation (H.R. 3199).
Sincerely,

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Motorcycle Industry Council
American Frozen Food Institute
National Association of Shell Marketers
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
National Black Chamber of Commerce
American Bakers Association
National Council of Chain Restaurants
American Meat Institute
National Marine Manufacturers Association
American Petroleum Institute
National Meat Association
Association of Global Automakers
National Restaurant Association
Boat Owners Association of The United States
National Turkey Federation
California Dairy Campaign
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Freedom Action
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Friends of the Earth
Snack Food Association
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Southeast Milk Inc.
International Liquid Terminals Association
Specialty Equipment Market Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Milk Producers Council


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