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NTU Joins Coalition In Support of S. 344 Rescinding E15 Waivers
February 26, 2013
Dear Senators Wicker and Vitter:
The undersigned organizations representing businesses, agriculture, environmental, development, and free market interests fully support your legislation S. 344, to rescind EPA’s E15 waivers and to cap ethanol content in gasoline at 10 percent.
In 2010 and 2011, EPA granted two waivers that allowed a 50 percent increase in ethanol content for automobiles manufactured after 2000. At the time, many of our organizations argued that the science and testing on E15 were incomplete and that EPA should therefore reject the waiver petitions from the ethanol industry. Unfortunately, in the time since these decisions, the potential unintended consequences for millions of consumers and the environment have become all too clear. In fact, subsequent testing has shown that E15 may damage even approved vehicles, and a recent survey shows that up to a third of the pumps carrying E15 are not properly labeling the fuel- which will likely lead to misfueling of non-approved engines. In addition to the impacts on engines, an increase in ethanol content will have well-documented detrimental effects on food and feed prices at home and abroad, and on the environment.
Your legislation is a common sense measure that will mitigate the effects of this ill-conceived decision. Our organizations fully support its passage and encourage Congress to bring it up this year.
ActionAid USAAmerican Frozen Food InstituteAmerican Fuel & Petrochemical ManufacturersAmerican Meat InstituteAmerican Motorcyclist AssociationAmerican Sportfishing AssociationBoat U.S.California Dairy CampaignCalifornia Poultry FederationDairy Producers of New MexicoDairy Producers of UtahEnvironmental Working GroupGeorgia Poultry FederationGrocery Manufacturers AssociationIdaho Dairymens AssociationInternational Snowmobile Manufacturers AssociationOregon Dairy CenterMarine Retailers Association of the AmericasMilk Producers CouncilMississippi Poultry AssociationNational Chicken CouncilNational Council of Chain RestaurantsNational Marine Manufacturers AssociationNational Taxpayers UnionNational Turkey FederationNevada State Dairy CommissionNorth American Meat AssociationNorth Carolina Poultry FederationNorth Central Marine AssociationNorthwest Dairy AssociationThe Poultry Federation (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri)South Carolina Poultry FederationSoutheast Milk Inc.Specialty Equipment Market AssociationTennessee Poultry AssociationTexas Poultry FederationWashington State Dairy Federation