MRAA Issues Action Alert on Ethanol
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Posted by: Larry Innis
Retailers Association of the Americas has called marine retailers to action by
asking them to contact the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency in strong
support of its recent action to reduce the Congressional mandate on the
renewable fuel standard (RFS) for corn-based ethanol, for 2014 to 2013
For the past couple of years, MRAA
has been working with other key trade associations to repeal the renewable fuel
standard, especially for destructive corn-based ethanol. Many conversations with Members of Congress
and their staff have been had by the MRAA board, MRAA members, and MRAA staff;
and many letters have been sent to Congress, the White House and the EPA,
expressing MRAA’s deep concern of the effects of corn-based ethanol on boater
safety and the high repair cost of damage to marine engines, outboard motors
and fuel systems. MRAA members are fully
aware of the damage blend levels higher than E10 create, such as engine
stalling and flammable leaks into bilges, damage to engine valves, fuel lines, tanks
and other component parts of the fuel system.
As a reminder, the EPA recently
indicated it would reduce the RFS volume level for 2014 to 2013 standards. By doing so, the EPA would maintain a blend
level supporting E10 for 2014 rather than the anticipated E15. It is a normal process in the federal
government for an agency to issue a proposed rule to support the proposed
decision before it becomes law. A public
comment period Is part of that process. MRAA anticipates the ethanol industry
will organize corn producers and ethanol refiners to overwhelm the EPA with
letters in strong opposition of its decision.
Marine retailers must respond in-kind.
MRAA asks marine retailers to go
to this web site and comment in support of the EPA proposal. Sample comments are provided on this site. Comments are due by January 28, 2014. The identifying EPA docket number, which must
be included in your comments, is EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0479.
Please contact MRAA, if you need
further explanation or assistance in preparing your letter.