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Boat owners could face problems with new regulations

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PRAIRIEVILLE- New regulations allowed by the Supreme Court on the amount of ethanol in gasoline could cause problems for boaters.

The EPA approved an increase from 10 to 15 percent ethanol in consumer gasoline.

Boat mechanics were already experiencing problems from the lower ethanol blend and now they expect more headaches for boat owners.

"We've got fuel filters stocked up, we've got fuel lines stocked up, no one knows what it's going to do, it's gonna be another trip down the road of hard knocks," said Jimmy Moulder, a mechanic at Ascension Marine.

Moulder said boat owners who regularly run their engines and use fuel conditioning solutions shouldn't experience problems, but people who let the ethanol blend sit in the engine for months at a time may have issues.

"Don't let your fuel sit, run your engine, keep good plugs, where it burns your fuel completely change your fuel filter at least once a year, get a water fuel separator on your boat," said Moulder.

The newer fuel blends shouldn't affect newer engines, which have been designed to handle ethanol, but it could affect older engines, even lawn mowers and generators.

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