H. R. 1024
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 6, 2019
Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia (for himself, Ms. Frankel, Mr. Wittman, and Mr. Crist) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019.
E15 fuel dispenser labeling
E15 fuel dispenser labeling rule
Revision of rule
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15, including by revising the rule described in paragraph (3) with respect to such requirements.
Input and requirements for label
In revising the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall—
solicit input from—
industries that manufacture vehicles, engines, and equipment that are prohibited from using E15, including boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and pre-2001 model year vehicles;
consumer groups that represent users of such vehicles, engines, and equipment; and
any other party that the Administrator determines may be impacted by such labeling requirements;
require that the label for fuel pumps that dispense E15—
include the word
include the words
Check your owner’s manual;
be 5 × 7 inches or larger;
indicators with respect to vehicles, engines, and equipment that are prohibited from using E15, including—
pictograms depicting a boat, lawnmower, chainsaw, motorcycle, and snowmobile; and
warnings with respect to pre-2001 model year vehicles; and
other indicators developed by the Administrator, in consultation with the American National Standards Institute and the Federal Trade Commission; and
be focus group tested to ensure effectiveness; and
with respect to blender pumps, in addition to the requirements under subparagraph (B), with input from industries, the Federal Trade Commission, and the American National Standards Institute, require an additional warning label on each such blender pump to warn consumers of the residual gasoline left in gasoline pump hoses from the previous individual dispensing.
The rule described in this paragraph is the final rule titled
Regulation To Mitigate the Misfueling of Vehicles and Engines With Gasoline Containing Greater Than Ten Volume Percent Ethanol and Modifications to the Reformulated and Conventional Gasoline Programs published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2011 (76 Fed. Reg. 44406 et seq.).
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with affected industries, shall develop and commence a public education campaign—
to inform the public regarding—
the risks associated with the improper use of E15; and
the vehicles, engines, and equipment that are prohibited from using E15, including boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and pre-2001 model year vehicles; and
that includes, with respect to an existing fuel pump that displays electronic messages, development of an electronic message inquiring if a consumer is aware that E15 is so prohibited, to be displayed on such fuel pump prior to E15 dispensing from such fuel pump.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to Congress a report on the public education campaign commenced under subsection (b), including data and metrics on consumer awareness of E15.
Registration entities education
The Administrator, in collaboration with State entities responsible for boat registration, shall distribute, at the time of initial registration of a boat and at the time of the renewal of a registration for such boat, educational materials on E15 and its impact on marine engines.
In this section:
The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The term blender pump means a fuel pump that may dispense multiple blends of fuel, including E15.
The term E15 means gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol by volume.