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January 30, 2013

I read with interest the story about Maine eyeing to ban fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol in the Jan. 11 article     “Maine DEP working on plan to ban gas blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.” Hats off to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and hopefully Maine lawmakers in their quest to ensure consumer safety.  As the head of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an organization that has been battling the introduction of higher ethanol blend fuels for several years, Maine’s effort to protect consumers from the risky and harmful effects of ethanol 15’s use should [.....]

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January 17, 2013

Responding to a federal appeals court decision on higher levels of ethanol fuel (E15), Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) — an international trade association representing more than 84 small-engine, utility vehicle and OPE manufacturers and suppliers worldwide — issued the following statement on Jan. 16: Read more from this article here.

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January 10, 2013

A slow rumble across the convention-hall floor during this week’s annual Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) wasn’t coming from the outdoor gear being demonstrated behind the Kentucky Expo Center, at the show’s 19-acre outdoor area. Rather, it was from news that some gas stations in Iowa, Kansas and Wisconsin had begun selling gasoline with 15 percent ethanol, or E15. We talked to Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, but the subject came up in conversations with every manufacturer we met.  Read more from this article here.    

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October 17, 2012

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) President Kris Kiser talks about the business of equipment and how government regulations may affect their future. OPEI is an international trade association representing 84 manufacturers and their suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment, such as lawnmowers, utility vehicles, trimmers, chainsaws, snow throwers, and other related products. The institute was founded in 1952, and is dedicated to promoting the outdoor power equipment industry by undertaking activities that can be pursued more effectively by an association than by individual companies. OPEI is also a managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show [.....]

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June 18, 2012

Alexandria, Va. – June 18, 2012 — The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute issues a warning today that the EPA’s ruling providing their approval of the sale of 15 percent ethanol (E15) into the U.S. consumer marketplace for automobiles made since 2001, is dangerous. The government’s test results that show E15 is harmful to outdoor power equipment, boats and marine engines and other non-road engine products. The fuel used for automobiles and other engine products would have to be divided, substantially increasing the risk for misfueling, significant engine damage and consumer hazard. “For the first time in American history, fuel used [.....]

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March 28, 2011

Briggs & Stratton Co. and other engine manufacturers want the government to ensure that current grades of gasoline will remain available when fuel with a higher ethanol content – which could damage engines – is introduced as soon as this summer. The manufacturers, represented by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and 11 other trade groups, have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to require the continued availability of gasoline with no more than 10% ethanol content. Ethanol is a fuel additive made from corn. The EPA has approved a 15% blend for newer-model vehicles that could be available this summer, according [.....]

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April 27, 2010

Alexandria, VA – September 3, 2008 – AllSAFE members welcome EPA’s recent enforcement letter addressing the need for proper labeling, potential harm from “mid-level” ethanol in gasoline-only vehicles and engines. ALLIANCE FOR A SAFE ALTERNATIVE FUELS ENVIRONMENT

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April 15, 2010

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc.) Alexandria, VA – March 6, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it has serious concerns with a premature rush to 15 percent ethanol (E15) or other mid-level fuel blends as being suggested by pro-ethanol producers. Without a formal waiver process through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a continued misinterpretation of test results from a recent Department of Energy (DOE) report, introducing E15 and higher fuels to the marketplace for existing equipment pose serious risks to American consumers and businesses.

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December 1, 2009

Alexandria, VA – December 1, 2009 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) today announced that it remains concerned by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to the Growth Energy waiver on 15 percent ethanol as it overlooks the impact on hundreds of millions of outdoor power equipment used by consumers, such as utility vehicles, lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow throwers and other affected equipment, including boats, ATVs, motorcycles and snow mobiles. “EPA’s letter basically addressed the consideration of E15 for newer automobiles, but ignores the substantial non-automobile product families and the economic and safety issues related to their use,” said Kris [.....]

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