An independent researcher hired by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute questions the methodology of an ethanol study commissioned by the Department of Energy, which concluded that ethanol blends of 15% were safe for engines. "We need to acknowledge that current equipment -- including boats, chain saws, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, motorcycles, generators and other small-engine equipment -- may be permanently damaged and poses a safety risk if E15 fuel is used," said Kris Kiser, executive vice president of OPEI.

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