Congress to hold hearing on E15
AMA will be a witness!
On Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. (EST), the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment, chaired by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), will hold a hearing on “Mid-Level Ethanol Blends: Consumer and Technical Research Needs.” Former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, American Motorcyclist Association vice president for government relations, will be a witness at the hearing.
The AMA focus will be on the need for an independent and scientific study of the use of E15 -- a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume -- in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines. Additionally, we will raise concerns of misfueling and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mitigation plan, which initially included a senseless mandated four-gallon minimum fuel purchase.
To view a live webcast of the hearing,http://capwiz.com/amacycle/utr/1/CPM...CMX/9293228846
The AMA believes extensive independent testing needs to be done before E15 becomes more widely available. The key for the AMA and our members is that E15 must be proven safe for motorcycle and ATV engines. To the best of our knowledge, E15 isn’t approved for use in any original-equipment motorcycles or ATVs. In fact, its use can void many manufacturers’ warranties.
We applaud U.S. Rep. Harris for holding this hearing to help make our nation’s fuel supply safer for all users.