A new bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that will cap the yearly amount of ethanol to be blended into transportation fuel at 9.7 percent. The Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 5180) would replace ever-increasing ethanol mandates under the current Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Ethanol, especially in higher concentrations such as E15, has been blamed for causing metal corrosion and dissolving certain plastics and rubbers in automobiles produced before 2001 that were not constructed with ethanol-resistant materials. It’s been especially troublesome for older, carbureted vehicles and classic cars that are stored over long periods of time — you can read more on that here.
SEMA, an association of parts manufacturers, retailers, street rod builders, restorers, and race teams, has joined more than 50 other organizations from the auto/boat industries to the food, energy and environmental community to support passage of the legislation.