Marketers Back Renewable Fuels Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

The nation’s major fuel marketing associations are advocating legislation that will help them sell higher blends of renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel greater than E10 or B5.

NACS – the Association for Convenience and Petroleum Retailing, along with NATSO (representing America’s Travel Plazas and Truckstops), Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) have joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) in supporting the Renewable Fuels Marketing Act of 2010 (HR 5778), which was introduced yesterday by U.S. Representatives Mike Ross (D-AR) and John Shimkus (R-IL).

According to NACS, “the bill will enable retailers to have existing equipment evaluated and legally approved to sell new renewable fuels and will expedite the approval of new equipment. It also will protect retailers from Clean Air Act violations and liability associated with self-service consumers fueling unapproved engines with higher blends of renewable fuels.”

On the RFA blog, communications director Matt Hartwig said the legislation will help provide for a “seamless transition” to E15, whenever it is approved by EPA, “accelerating the adoption of E15 and the needed expansion of the ethanol market.”

The groups collectively sent a letter to Reps. Ross and Shimkus thanking them for their leadership in introducing the bill.

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