A federal proposal to make fuel containing higher blends of ethanol available year-round failed to advance from a Senate committee, according to news reports. Senate Bill 517, introduced in March by Sen. Deb Fisher, R-Nebraska, would have allowed for increased availability of fuels with 15 percent ethanol (E15) or greater. Various boating interest groups have long argued marine engines are incompatible with E15 fuel.
The Clean Air Act currently places limitations on E15 fuel blends during summer months. E10, or fuel blends with 10 percent ethanol, were exempt from the Clean Air Act limitation.
S. 517, which was in front of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, won’t continue through the legislative process, meaning current limitations on E15 would remain in place.
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