Senators urge increased use of biofuels

Move risks motorcyclists' ability to access E10 and E0

AMA News Author (no byline)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of 39 senators is urging the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel, and ensure any small refinery exemptions are accounted for in its final rule setting for renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

The EPA’s June 2018 RVO proposal would raise the biomass-based diesel volume for 2020 to 2.43 billion gallons and increase the advanced biofuel volume for 2019 to 4.88 billion gallons.

The AMA objects to any additional ethanol in the nation's fuel supply, because it would increase the risk of inadvertently misfueling motorcycles and ATVs, which are not EPA-approved for ethanol blends of more than 10 percent by volume.

For a list of the senators who signed this letter, visit www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=DF44278D-5AA3-4795-9CB2-FE9830770F95.