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|Bipartisan congressional letter aims to prevent E15-related engine damage
Urge your representative to sign before the deadline, May 27!
U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) are taking the lead by sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to “…express concern about the lack of consumer awareness surrounding the inappropriate use of E15 gasoline and… how it [the EPA] plans to mitigate consumer misfuelings… .”
The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.
Those increases come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates without substantially increasing the amount of ethanol in our nation’s gasoline supply. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is more unsafe E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume), less E10 and virtually no E0 for older and vintage machines.
The urgency of EPA action to address misfueling is supported by a recent study from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. The study indicates only five percent of consumers are aware that E15 is prohibited for use in certain engines and that 60 percent of consumers assume that any gas sold at a pump must be safe for all of their engines.
This letter would help protect the 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation and the riders who depend on their safe operation.
The deadline for signatures is Friday, May 27! Act today to ensure your representative signs the Goodlatte/Welch/Flores/Costa/Womack letter.
To urge your representative to sign on to the bipartisan letter, just follow the “Take Action” option, which will send a prewritten email directly to your lawmaker demanding access to safe fuel.
2016 Spring Convention
April 15-17, 2016
Ramada Grand Seasons Hotel (with waterpark)
110 Grand Season Drive.
Waupaca, WI 54981
Special room rates and block valid until March 15th(use code MW4WDA):
Two queen bed room-Occupancy-Single/double$89.99
Friday night hospitality room and registration 6:00 pm. BYOB. Hosting club – 4×4 Forever Ltd.
Saturday: (times subject to change)
9:00 am – 9:15 am W4WDA Board meeting
9:15 am – 12:00 pm W4WDA General Membership meeting
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch – On your own
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Seminars and Activities(more details to follow)
5:00pm Cocktails – cash bar
6:00pm Dinner with Program (DJ/door prizes/raffles) – Wear your 4×4 Club apparel.
9:00-11:00am MW4WDA Meeting
Saturday Family Style Dinner Menu
Adults – $22.00 per person – Includes Roasted Chicken and Tender Beef Tips, plated garden salad with dressings, mashed potatoes & gravy, oven baked dressing, hot garden vegetable , dinner rolls and coffee or milk.
Children 3-10 years ($12.00)
Please detach and send payment to W4WDA by April 7, 2016 for meeting and dinner reservation to Mary Hoernke at 203 Gruenwald Ave., Neenah, WI 54956-2040.
Name__________________________________________ # of adult dinner_____($22/PP)
Club Name______________________________________ # of child dinner______($12/PC)
Registration fee is $5.00 per family. Total Due______________
Email for updates_______________________________________________________________
Wisconsin 4 Wheel Drive Association
10-17-2015 Fall Meeting
Reading of Mission Statement.
Officers/Board members present.
President-Sam Vandenberg, Region A V.P.-Arnold Miller, Region C V.P.-Helen Wagner, Region C Assistant V.P.-Jesse Thompson, State Director-Luana Schneider.
Borderline 4×4 Trail Seekers – Loan Riders 4×4 – 4 Lakes 4 Wheelers – Road Side 4 wheelers – 4×4 Forever Ltd. – Green Bay High Riders Ltd. – Trail Gators 4 Wheeler Inc.
III. Secretary’s report – accepted as printed.
Discussed e-mails to the membership for spreading the word about the meetings and conventions
Noted that not everyone had e-mail access and that a text notification may help
Noted that there has been a lot of push back on the Sauk Prairie recreation area for anything motorized – this has even gotten to the point where a local rocketry club is being shot down… to use the area for rocket launching a few times a year.
Some discussions was had around leaving a foot print on the trails that we ride on – we need to be able to fund our sport and bringing in revenue to help repair and maintain trails –
Discussed that we may need to consider on “focus points” – No one person can do this alone – The group needs to support efforts and pitch in – if we just talk about stuff – nothing will really get done – There was a lot of “passion” bubbling up around working towards getting/keeping trails open
I will say that there was a lot of valid points made – not everyone wanted to hear these comments and observations – then again – this is not the first time these points have been made – nobody is grabbing the torch and running with it – this is the
Helen made a request that we come up with 5 focus points for the January meeting – we can review this ideas and pick 3 and run with them.
Luana would like to see that no more trails are closed on forest land – while this is not entirely possible – if we peruse this goal we can retain some % of open trails – Also – we need to take advantage of funds like RTP and find ways to use this to better the sport.
Looking at moving towards a more focused goal between the WOHVA and W4WDA. We hope to be able to join up with them for convention at some point – hopefully next year we can make this happen.
A proposal was made have an event or a convention at the Farm in Red Wing MN $40 a vehicle is the minim and we need to have 15 trucks – we would need to charge more to cover the additional insurance that the W4WDA would be responsible for if we decide to take in money for the association or a charity – would like to get a more formal proposal for January.
VII. Region Vice President Reports
Fall meeting/convention will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center October 16 – 18, 2015. This is located in Wisconsin Dells so there is plenty of things to do when not in meetings. Rooms are $79.00 per night with choice of 2-queen beds or 1-king with sofa and whirlpool. There is only 12 rooms blocked so please reserve soon so more rooms can be added if needed. To reserve rooms call (800)-648-4765 press 1 and ask for MW4WDA block. I am not planning a dinner unless there is enough requests for one. Contact Sam Vandenberg with any questions (920)-268-6869 or email@example.com.