Congressman Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today released a statement blasting the Environmental Protection Agency for mandating how much gas Americans have to buy at the pump.

According to a response to an American Motorcyclist Association inquiry, the EPA said 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 is an effort to mitigate E15’s extremely dangerous and destructive impact on small and off-road engines found in motorcycles, boats, and lawnmowers. This minimum mandate attempts to dilute residual amounts of E15, which will be left in the shared hose and pumped into small engines, from having a disastrous effect on those engines that are not approved for E15 use.

“The EPA has no business mandating how much gasoline Americans have to buy when filling up at the pump. What if a rider doesn’t have a motorcycle with a four gallon tank? Or if someone wants to fill a canister for their lawnmower or outboard boat engine, but it only holds 2 or 3 gallons? Or what if an American, struggling in this economy, just can’t afford 4 gallons of gas? This is just one more example of how problematic the EPA’s E15 partial waiver is. This is not a solution to misfueling risks- it’s a ridiculous and unworkable mandate.”

The EPA’s response to AMA:

"EPA requires that retail stations that own or operate blender pumps either dispense E15 from a dedicated hose and nozzle if able or, in the case of E15 and E10 being dispensed from the same hose, require that at least four gallons of fuel be purchased to prevent vehicles and engines with smaller fuel tanks from being exposed to gasoline-ethanol blended fuels containing greater than 10 volume percent ethanol."

Full letter attached.