HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 67
(By Delegates Howell, Anderson, Azinger, Canterbury, Carmichael, Cowles, Evans, Gearheart, Hall, Hartman, Householder, Howell, Iaquinta, Mahan, Manchin, Manypenny, C. Miller, J. Miller, Moore, Nelson, Overington, Pasdon, Perry, R. Phillips, Savilla, Shaver, Sigler, Snuffer, Sobonya, Stephens, Storch, Stowers, Sumner and Williams)
Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with fifteen percent ethanol (E15) until there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that El5 does not pose a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment.
Whereas, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to allow an ethanol additive to the gasoline market place of fifteen percent (E15). Currently gasoline is sold with an ethanol additive of ten percent (E10) and is part of a program to reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign oil. Over ninety percent of the gasoline sold has a ten percent ethanol additive; and
Whereas, Ethanol increases water formation which can then create formic acid and corrode metals, plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used. Corrosion-resistant materials have been incorporated into newer vehicle, engines and exhaust. However, current high performance specialty parts along with the pre-2001 cars and parts may be susceptible to corrosion. It is believed that a fifteen percent ethanol additive (E15) burns hotter that E10 and can wreck havoc with fuel mixtures and injections; and
Whereas, There are an estimated 74 million pre-2001 vehicles in the marketplace that may be mis-fueled with E15. This does not include the millions of boats, lawnmowers, had-held equipment and the like that were not designed for ethanol. The life span of this equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and the owners could be confronted with equipment break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That Environmental Protection Agency is urged to revoke its decision to allow the sale of gasoline with fifteen percent ethanol (E15) until there is clear and convincing scientific evidence that El5 does not pose a risk to any gasoline-powered vehicle or equipment; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Environmental Protection Agency and to the members of the West Virginia delegation to the United States Senate and House of Representatives.