Congressmen John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19), Mike Ross (D, Arkansas-4), John Sullivan (R, Oklahoma-1), and Collin Peterson (D, Minnesota-7) have introduced the Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 (HR 4345). The legislation will help bring additional fuels to the consumer market.
Provisions in the legislation will provide liability protection for the storage of fuels, use of equipment, and sales of the fuels for the appropriate use of the fuels. Currently, there are not consistent standards nor regulatory protections for the sale of all fuels.
"I want to thank the many staff members, supporting organizations, and legislators for their diligence in getting to this compromise," Shimkus said. "This is a needed bill to allow additional fuels to reach the marketplace and compete with existing products."
"I'm proud to help introduce the bipartisan Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012 in the House of Representatives," said Ross. "Congress must do everything it can to ensure that consumers are able to make informed decisions about the fuel they purchase. The Domestic Fuels Protection Act is bipartisan, commonsense legislation that provides consistent standards, creates legal certainty, and increases the availability of renewable, domestic fuel."
"This is an important step in providing all parties in the fuel supply chain with much needed legal certainty for acting in compliance with the law," Sullivan noted. "Whether we like it or not, the renewable fuels mandate requires companies to introduce new types of fuel into the general fuel supply -- it's simply unfair to hold retailers and producers liable for problems that arise from selling these fuels and acting in accordance with the law of the land."
"A strong renewable fuels industry is essential to advancing the next generation of fuels from the farm, providing a competitive market for farmers and strengthening the rural economy," Peterson added. "This bill will increase availability, ensuring that Americans across the country have the opportunity to fuel their vehicles with domestic, renewable fuel."
This legislation is a companion bill to the bipartisan Domestic Fuels Act introduced in the Senate yesterday by Senators Hoeven, Blunt, Klobuchar, and Crapo.
Organizations supporting the bill include American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute, Growth Energy, National Association of Convenience Stores, NATSO, OPEI, Petroleum Marketers Association of American, Renewable Fuels Association, and SIGMA.