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Letter


NTU Joins Coalition In Support of S. 344 Rescinding E15 Waivers

February 26, 2013


 
The Honorable Roger Wicker
United States Senate
555 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
 
The Honorable David Vitter
United States Senate
516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

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.

Sincerely,

ActionAid USA
American Frozen Food Institute
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
American Meat Institute
American Motorcyclist Association
American Sportfishing Association
Boat U.S.
California Dairy Campaign
California Poultry Federation
Dairy Producers of New Mexico
Dairy Producers of Utah
Environmental Working Group
Georgia Poultry Federation
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Idaho Dairymens Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Oregon Dairy Center
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Milk Producers Council
Mississippi Poultry Association
National Chicken Council
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Taxpayers Union
National Turkey Federation
Nevada State Dairy Commission
North American Meat Association
North Carolina Poultry Federation
North Central Marine Association
Northwest Dairy Association
The Poultry Federation (Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri)
South Carolina Poultry Federation
Southeast Milk Inc.
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Tennessee Poultry Association
Texas Poultry Federation
Washington State Dairy Federation