Industry groups seek E15 comment extension

A diverse group of 24 organizations, including the Motorcycle Industry Council, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow an additional 60 days for public comment on proposed regulations designed to prevent misfueling with gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15).

The groups sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting the extension beyond the current deadline of Jan. 3, according to a press release.

The letter says the extension is needed “to allow stakeholders the opportunity to offer complete and thoughtful comments” on the proposed misfueling regulations. Three of the eight weeks EPA designated to receive comments fall around holidays, when many people are out of their offices, the letter points out.

EPA approved the use of E15 on Oct. 13 for cars and light-duty trucks produced for the 2007 model year and later, but did not approve the use of E15 for older cars and light-duty trucks, or for any model year for motorcycles, heavy-duty trucks, buses, boats, snowmobiles and outdoor power equipment.

Other organizations that signed the letter include the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, the Marine Retailers Association of America, the Personal Watercraft Industry Association and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America.

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