The Environmental Protection Agency just approved boater-friendly bio-isobutanol as a safe fuel additive, winning praise from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA, said bio-isobutanol “will provide consumers a safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly E15 alternative that is highly compatible with marine products. This decision will promote an innovative fuel supply with direct benefits to American boaters and consumers.”
Unlike E15, or ethanol-laced gasoline which can damage engines in boats and cars, biobutanol delivers renewable energy without any side effects. It works with existing boat and car engines and the fuel supply infrastructure.
The EPA acted on an application from Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, a manufacturer of bio-isobutanol. The agency said it met all the requirements under the Clean Air Act, and can be used as a gasoline additive. It is produced from renewable resources, including corn and sugar beets, and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now BP and DuPont are preparing to produce the fuel additive commercially in the next few months.
For his part, Dammrich said the EPA needs to take steps break down other regulations, but he was encouraged by the bio-isobutanol decision. “In addition to increased fuel options, we need a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign in place prior to any E15 expansion,” he said. Read more: