E15 warning stickers available
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol.
The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not be used in their boat.
Contrary to studies showing ethanol is hazardous to marine engines, the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry that allows E15 to enter the marketplace.
There are documented human safety, environmental and technological concerns associated with ethanol blends more than 10 percent in recreational boat fuel tanks and engines.
That means anything above E10 can pose serious problems, including performance issues such as stalling, corrosion leading to oil or fuel leaks, increased emissions and damaged valves, rubber fuel lines and gaskets.
Three years ago, the ethanol industry filed a waiver with the EPA to expand the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent.
Since then, the EPA has approved two partial waivers that allow the fuel to be sold in cars from model years 2001 and newer. NMMA along with the oil industry, food groups and others oppose the introduction of E15.
It is important for consumers to stay aware at their local gas pumps, checking for high ethanol fuels and to use only E10 or lower in their vessels.
In Lake Wylie, Kangaroo Express at 4044 Charlotte Hwy. and BP at 5075 Charlotte Hwy. recently began selling ethanol-free fuel.
Boaters can listen to the music
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Water Music shorefront concerts will be 5-7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the mouth of Mill Creek, on the River Oaks Road side.
Concerts are accessible by boat only. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/site/lakewyliewatermusicmillscreek.
Boat show and sale Aug. 17-19
RALEIGH, N.C. The 2012 Carolina Fall Boat Show & Sale will be Aug. 17-19 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds’ Jim Graham Building.
Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Parking is free. Admission – good for all three days with return pass – costs $6 for adults, free for children 12 and younger with adult.
Visit ncboatshows.com for more information.