Congressman introduces bill to test science of E15

Published online: Oct 25, 2011 News Boating Industry
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., recently introduced H.R. 3199, legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent blend ethanol gasoline.

"The EPA's decision to allow E15 into the marketplace will impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower or boat," Sensenbrenner said in a statement. "Automakers insist that using E15 will void warranties, lower fuel efficiency, and cause premature engine failure. In off-road engines, the effects can even be dangerous for users."

"There are serious concerns that the EPA used only one Department of Energy test and rushed E15's introduction into the market place," Sensenbrenner added. "This test was limited in scope and ignored a plethora of evidence - albeit inconvenient evidence for the EPA - that shows E15 gasoline has a negative effect on engines. I introduced this legislation to ensure a decision of this magnitude will be vetted by independent scientific research, rather than political expediency."

Rep. Sensenbrenner is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Science.

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