Why the Coast Guard is warning boaters against using a recently authorized fuel

by: Devin WillemsNexstar Multimedia Cable

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(WFRV) – The United States Coast Guard wants boaters to be aware of the possible harm a recently licensed fuel can cause to boats.

The US Coast Guard Sector Detroit has posted an authorization on its Facebook that allows the summer sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15). President Joe Biden made the announcement in April.

E15 is federally banned for recreational boat use, according to the Coast Guard. It may also damage the marine engine and void the marine engine warranty.

Additionally, fuel has been shown to make engines hotter and increase the possibility of a boat fire. The Coast Guard says warning signs or labels may not be obvious at gas stations.

E15 could be marked as “88 regular” or “regular unleaded”. Authorities want to ensure that boaters use fuel that contains no more than 10% ethanol (E10).

E15 is normally banned between June 1 and September 15 due to concerns that it adds to smog at high temperatures.

The EPA has lifted seasonal restrictions on E15 in the past, including after Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The Trump administration allowed E15 sales during the summer months two years later, but the rule was overturned by a federal appeals court.


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