Bill Aims to Increase E15 Labeling Requirements
by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) In mid-May, Reps. Austin Scott, R-Ga., and Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced legislation that aims to introduce more stringent labeling requirements for E15.
The bill, titled the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018, or H.R. 5855, was introduced May 16 and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. To date, no additional House members have signed on to cosponsor the legislation.
According to the text of the bill, the legislation would revise labeling requirements for E15 fuel pumps. Specifically, it would require input on labeling requirements to be solicited from industries that manufacture vehicles, engines and equipment that are prohibited from using E15 under current law. This includes boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles and pre-2001 vehicles. Consumer groups that represent users of these vehicles, engines and equipment would also have to be consulted, along with other parties that may be impacted by new labeling requirements.
In addition, the legislation would require labels for fuel pumps that dispense E15 to include the word “WARNING” and the words “check your owner’s manual.” The labels would be required to be at least five by seven inches and include indicators with respect to vehicles, engines and equipment that are prohibited from using E15, including pictograms depicting a boat, lawnmower, chainsaw, motorcycle and snowmobile along with warnings with respect to use in pre-2001 model year vehicles.
Under the legislation, the new labels would be tested via focus groups.
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