Congressional bill would stop E15 fuel sales, require research
March 01, 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A bill
requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of E15 fuel
until the gasoline-ethanol blend is studied further has been introduced in
Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the bill, H.R. 875, on Feb. 28.
The measure would repeal the EPA's waiver decision approving the use of E15 and
would bar the agency from granting further decisions on the use of the fuel
until the EPA obtains an independent scientific analysis of the effects of the
E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume,
and the EPA hasn't approved its use in motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles. The
EPA has approved its use in 2001-and-new light-duty vehicles, which include
cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles.
The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal
lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and ATV engines caused by the
inadvertent use of E15 when the new fuel becomes widely available. The AMA
wants motorcycles and ATVs to be part of any scientific study into the effects
Sensenbrenner said there have been several tests highlighting E15's harmful
effects on engines "but they have all been dismissed by the EPA.
"Therefore, we must force the EPA to stop the use of E15 fuel until the
serious safety, durability, performance and environmental concerns have been
addressed," he said. "Throughout the 112th Congress, I introduced
several bills to address the risks associated with E15. And earlier this week,
witnesses from AAA, the American Motorcyclist Association and the Coordinating
Research Council all testified to the Science, Space and Technology Committee
that more testing is needed.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that Americans using gas-powered
machinery -- whether it be cars and boats or chainsaws and lawnmowers -- are
not put at risk due to faulty fuel that has not been adequately vetted,"