AMA-logo-230Editor’s Note: The AMA has been fighting for lowering the content of ethanol in fuel in regards to motorcycles and other powersports vehicles. See their recent press release on the subject below.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it should stop increasing the amount of required ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply and, instead, lower the Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017.

The comments submitted to the EPA were accompanied by the signatures of 18,162 motorcyclists, all-terrain-vehicle owners and others who are concerned that increased amounts of ethanol in their fuel could void warranties, damage engines and harm other components on their vehicles.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent out a press release recently noting that it waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks.This will allow fuel that contains up to 15 percent ehtanol (or E15) for most newer vehicles.

The waiving of this limitation signals the first of a number of actions that are needed to move toward commercializing E15 gasoline blends. According to the release, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made the decision after a review of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) extensive testing and other available data on E15’s impact on engine durability and emissions.