Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today released this statement regarding a report that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may abandon a misguided rule mandating how much gas Americans have to buy at the pump:

“I am encouraged to hear that the EPA is reconsidering its rule mandating how much gas Americans have to purchase.  The EPA has no business telling Americans how much gas they have to buy, and the rule fails to account for individuals who don’t have a four gallon tank, like those in many motorcycles, outboard boat engines and lawnmowers. We should continue pushing the EPA to completely abandon this ridiculous and unworkable rule.”

In August, the EPA originally told the American Motorcyclist Association that it plans to mandate all Americans purchase at least four gallons of gas when filling up at a gas station that provides both E15 and E10 from the same hose. This mandate was an effort to mitigate E15’s extremely dangerous and destructive impact on small and off-road engines found in motorcycles, boats, and lawnmowers by diluting residual amounts of E15 left in the shared hose and pumped into small engines.

Read an op-ed from Congressman Sensenbrenner detailing more of the problems with the EPA’s four-gallon minimum purchase requirement.