AMA opposes EPA plan for year round E15 sales

MRF, ABATE of Michigan, others join opposition at hearing

AMA News Author (no byline)

The American Motorcyclist Association joined ABATE of Michigan, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and other motorcyclists in Michigan to oppose a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow year round sales of E15 fuel.

The AMA opposes the EPA plan because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. Allowing more E15 into the marketplace increases the risk of inadvertent misfueling by consumers.

"We urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure waiver which would in turn year-round sales of this fuel," said Greg Pecoraro, AMA director of government relations. "Despite the EPA’s belief that additional misfueling measures are unnecessary and outside the scope of the proposed action, this action would greatly increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle owners. This risk alone is sufficient to reconsider this action."

The full text of the AMA comments is in the letter below.