Missouri Requires 10 Percent Ethanol in Most Gasoline Sold
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signed legislation on July 5th requiring most gasoline sold in Missouri to contain 10 percent ethanol by 2008. Missouri currently has three ethanol plants producing 115 million gallons of ethanol per year, with a fourth plant under construction. The state anticipates further growth that will produce more than enough fuel to meet the new standard. Despite the benefits of ethanol, the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard Act includes two caveats: first, it removes the requirement when ethanol is more expensive than gasoline, and second, it exempts premium grade fuels from the standard. See the governor's press release.