MRF APRIL 2021 Update
By Andy Kelly
I have already told you about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to GUT or as they said “ Notice of Public Rulemaking” regarding the warning labels on gas pumps that dispenses E15. The EPA is proposing two modifications to the labels. First to change the verbiage. . .
Remove “ATTENTION” strip from upper right corner Remove the phrase ‘E15” from label which includes “contains up to 15% ethanol” Change the language from “Use only in” to “Safe for use in” Change the word “don’t use in” to “Avoid use in” Revise the format of the word “prohibited “ from Bold to italicized so you may not notice it The second phase is to remove the labels altogether. There are a few States Motorcycle Rights Organizations looking into trying to get a state warning label on the pumps.. The motorcycle rights organizations in Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa are looking into trying to get legislation introduced in their states to have labels on the pumps to educate the consumers in their states about the damage E15 and higher can do. There is a group in Colorado that calls themselves “Colorado Corn” that has teamed up with the American Lung Association and Kum & Go service stations to launch a campaign called “Look for the blue hose”. They are promoting the use of E15 to the uneducated consumer, which should be an even bigger reason to make the Decals on the Gas pumps even bigger to educate the consumer about the downfalls of E15 and higher fuels. In Iowa there are two there are two Bills in their House looking to limit the sale of gasoline with less than 10% ethanol in all but one pump per station. These pumps would have to be labeled “restricted use gasoline” for E10 or less will lead to limited availability as well as prohibitive lines for those that choose fuels with less than E15. This BS with E15 began back in October 2010, when the EPA approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 2001-2006 light duty vehicles to the approved list. We need legislation that would help protect the 22 million motorcycles in the country – and the riders who depend on their safe operation – from inadvertent misfueling. Preventing these inadvertent misfuelings should be one of our top priorities due to the fact that motorcycles aren’t designed to run on ethanol fuel blends higher than 10 percent, and many older machines favored by vintage enthusiasts may have problems with any ethanol in the fuel. In fact, simply using fuel with blends of ethanol over 10 percent could void a vehicle manufacturer’s warranty, potentially leaving motorcyclists with thousands of dollars in additional repair costs. Become a member of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and join the fight to make sure that E10 or less is available at every station across the Country.