On April 24, the Agriculture Retailers Association (ARA) sent numerous letters to Congressional leaders in support of the bipartisan “Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012”. The bill is proposed to:
- Save many agricultural retailers and distributors across the country from needlessly investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace equipment that does not need to be replaced.
- Protect innocent parties from certain liabilities associated with misfueling when consumers are informed about fuels that are approved for only certain engines.
- Establish that an entity who complies with today’s laws and regulations cannot be held retroactively liable even if those laws and regulations change tomorrow.
Further, the legislation is narrowly tailored to address only liability protection and does not alter the Renewable Fuel Standard or otherwise impact fuels that have been sanctioned by EPA as legal to offer for sale. As agricultural retailers it’s important that gasoline marketers deserve the certainty that they will not be penalized for utilizing a new fuel or fuel blend that has been approved for use by the EPA.
Congressional staffers predict, the fuels bill sponsored by John Shimkus of Illinois, should be up for vote by late spring or early summer. ARA will keep you informed and will work with coalitions that support ARA policies.