Boating industry applauds isobutanol approval : Biofuels Digest

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In Washington, earlier this week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt approved the registration of bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive.

May’s American Boating Congress featured a special question-and-answer session with NMMA President Thom Dammrich and Pruitt.

“We applaud Administrator Pruitt’s approval of bio-isobutanol as a biofuel additive, which will provide consumers a safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly E15 alternative that is highly compatible with marine products,” Dammrich said. “This decision will promote an innovative fuel supply, with direct benefits to American boaters and consumers.

As Congress continues to discuss potential reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard, it is absolutely critical that all stakeholders remember the threat posed by fuel blends exceeding 10 percent ethanol, Dammrich added.

While additional steps by EPA are needed to break down other regulatory impediments to the full-scale commercialization of bio-isobutanol, EPA’s recent actions are very encouraging, Dammrich said.

In addition to increased fuel options, the boating industry needs a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign in place prior to any E15 expansion.

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