July 2015

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38 SportsTurf | July 2015 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT ETHANOL-BLENDED FUEL REMAINS KEY ISSUE FOR THE OPE INDUSTRY T he Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) continues to work on policy and educational initiatives to address the entry of mid-level ethanol blends, E15 or otherwise, into the U.S. general fuel supply. Our members and industry remain concerned about misfueling of outdoor power equipment and other products, which can result in product damage and potential safety issues. Here is an update on legislative issues and activities. Will EPA announce new blending require- ments for ethanol this year? On April 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed settlement with the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactur- ers over deadlines for issuing annual require- ments under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Under the proposed consent decree, EPA would issue final annual volume standards for 2014 and 2015 by the end of this year. Al- though not required by the consent decree, EPA will also finalize the standards for 2016 in 2015. The proposed consent decree does not ad- dress the content or substance of the volume standards, and it establishes the following schedule: By June 1, the agency will propose volume requirements for 2015; By November 30, EPA will finalize volume requirements for 2014 and 2015 and resolve a pending waiver petition for 2014. EPA also announced the following: EPA will propose and finalize the RFS standards for 2016 on the same timeline (pro- posal by June 1, final by November 30); EPA will propose and finalize the RFS biomass-based diesel volume requirement for 2017 on the same schedule; and The agency will re-propose volume re- quirements for 2014 that reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014. MAIN IMAGE ©ISTOCKPHOTO/TRAVISMANLEY GAS CAN WARNING LABEL IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE (OPEI). OPEI provides updates on legislative activity, educational initiatives ■ BY KRIS KISER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT INSTITUTE

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