N.C. introduces ethanol pump labeling bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — State Representatives Hurley, Faircloth, and Randleman have introduced a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that requires that the Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board adopt rules to require labels for all dispensing pumps and other dispensing devices that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale in North Carolina.

Last October, the EPA approved the use of E15 for model year 2007 and newer vehicles as part of its response to a waiver petition filed in the spring of 2009 by pro-ethanol lobby group Growth Energy. The group later approved the use of E15 for another subset of on-highway motor vehicles, this time allowing the use of gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol for model year 2001-2006 cars and trucks.

While both partial waivers exclude marine engines and other non-road engines such as snowmobiles, lawn and garden equipment, the National Marine Manufacturers Association remains concerned about possible consumer confusion at the pumps, resulting in misfueling.

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