PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association is calling the Agricultural Act of 2014 a victory for riders because it contains a provision that would deter distribution of E15 fuels into the U.S. marketplace.
Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 29 , the bill will be considered by the U.S. Senate next week before going to President Obama for his signature.
AMA says motorcycles and ATVs could be damaged by the use of E15 fuel (a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume). The Farm Bill prohibits the use of Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant money to purchase and install special ethanol blender pumps for use at the retail level.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack intended to use REAP funding to install 10,000 blender pumps by 2016.
Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, the EPA has not approved its use in any motorcycles or ATVs.
The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns about potential E15 misfueling and the subsequent damage that the fuel can have on motorcycle and ATV engines and fuel systems. The AMA believes that blender pumps dispensing E15 at service stations will create a high potential for inadvertent E15 misfueling by consumers.
More information on the AMA's position on E15 is at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.
Posted by Holly Wagner