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Reps. Scott, Frankel Introduce Bill to Protect Consumers from E15

Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) and Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 on May 16. The bipartisan legislation would more clearly label harmful and corrosive E15 ethanol blended gasoline at pumps across the country, which would better protect engines in boats, motorcycles, pre-2001 model year vehicles and outdoor power equipment.

“As we are presented with more choices at the gas pump, it is imperative that American consumers know exactly what kind of fuel they are putting into their engines,” said Congressman Scott. “Gas pumps today are riddled with confusing labels that fail to adequately warn consumers of the dangers of fueling small engine equipment with E15. For this reason, with the support of Congresswoman Frankel, I introduced the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018. By making fuel pump labels easier to decipher and coordinating public education programs, this legislation can save consumers time and energy at the pumps and avoid headaches and costs down the road.”

The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 would require more detailed labeling of gas pumps that dispense E15 fuel, or fuel with a 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline blend. E15 fuel has been determined to not be suitable for small engines in outdoor equipment and non-road products as E15 can cause corrosion, reduced fuel storage, and less engine lubrication resulting in engines to overheat. Examples of impacted equipment include items such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, generators, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicle (ATVs), and boats, among others.


Center For Sportfishing Policy Welcomes New Members, prepares for ABC

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) is honored to welcome six new members: 3A Composites FLIR Maritime (Raymarine); Garmin; Owens Corning; Southeast Building Solutions, and Yellowfin. CSP thanks them for their support of its efforts to maximize opportunity for saltwater recreational anglers.

CSP is the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers. The Center organizes, focuses and engages recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies.

Next week, May 9 – May 11, 2018, CSP will host its annual fly-in “Center Focus on Washington,” where recreational anglers and boaters participate in critical discussions with key policymakers over a two-day meeting on Capitol Hill. As in years past, CSP is co-locating Center Focus with the American Boating Congress (ABC) hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).

Key issues for ABC and Center Focus participants: Passing the Modern Fish Act to fix the Magnuson-Stevens Act; Ensuring robust public access to federally managed waters; Building on the successes of this Administration to relieve frustrations of anglers including red snapper management fixes; Reforming the renewable fuel standard; and many others.

For more information on the Center for Sportfishing Policy and its partners, visit www.SportfishingPolicy.com.


Don Barone - This Land

When it comes to grassroots advocacy efforts in the recreational fishing industry, one question asked consistently among anglers or advocates - why should bass anglers be so concerned with conservation in saltwater fisheries?

An appropriate answer is provided. The economic effect provided by saltwater fishing alone is too great to ignore, and a number of freshwater anglers also enjoy time on the water along our nation's coast. Outdated government policies continue to push aside anglers in marine fisheries, which is why passage of the Modern Fish Act is so critical. That sums up a solid response to anyone who has some doubts about advocating for saltwater fishing. There is, however, a deeper meaning to all of this effort to get said legislation passed.

Longtime Bassmaster.com journalist Don Barone, is, in his own words, "uniquely qualified to write about working stiffs" and the average angler. In his 30-year career, Don has authored and co-authored seven books, won three National Sports Emmy Awards for his work, and won two local AP News Awards in California and Pennsylvania.

Check out Don's piece, This Land, as he puts finger to keyboard to explain the importance of bass anglers advocating for the passage of the Modern Fish Act.


EPA Seeking public comment on Alternative fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a forum for public comment on the potential introduction of isobutanol into the marketplace. This comes after the Trump administration announced it would consider year-round sale of E15 for consumers. , increased ethanol blends are harmful to marine outboards, causing problems such as damaged valves, rubber lines, and gaskets, as well as performance issues such as increased emissions. More ethanol in the recreational boating and fishing industry would have a devastating impact on the 12 million Americans who own boats and the 46 million anglers across the nation.

First, we need you to submit public comments to the EPA opposing this policy. To have your public comment counted, you must submit your comment at this website: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0131-0001. Next, copy and paste the italicized message below into the comments field on the page. We encourage you to put this message into your own words if you are so inclined.

As a boater and a passionate angler, I respectfully urge the EPA to introduce isobutanol to the marketplace. As the Trump administration presses for the year-round sale of E15 in the marketplace and on consumers, consider that more E15 in the boating and recreational fishing industry would have a devastating impact on the nearly 35,000 recreational marine businesses, 12 million boaters, and 46 million anglers in the nation. Studies have proven that midlevel blends of ethanol, like E15, pose a significant threat to marine engines. This damage puts consumers at risk, and destroys the property of boaters and anglers. Marine engines are only certified to run on fuel blends E10 or lower; anything higher can pose serious problems, including performance issues like damaged valves, rubber fuel lines and gaskets, and increased emissions.

Furthermore, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council, under the direction and guidance of the US Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory, were engaged in a multi-year program to evaluate the performance of recreational marine engines and vessels operated on biologically produced isobutanol fuel.

A link to NMMA's official comments and enclosure can be found via the following two links: http://nmma.net/assets/cabinets/Cabinet515/04062018%20EPA%20Comments%20Isobutanol%20Final%20Comments.pdf


I support the official comments submitted by NMMA regarding approving the registration of isobutanol as a gasoline additive at up to 16 volume percent. I strongly urge the EPA to approve the registration of isobutanol as a boat-friendly fuel source.

Because the Trump administration is still considering year-round sales of E15, we must continue to raise a collective voice and urge all elected officials in Washington to say no to higher ethanol blends. Please take an additional 30 seconds to send your legislators a prewritten letter opposing this policy. Send the Letter here.