Proposed Ethanol Mandate Softened

FEBRUARY 8, 2006 - Posted at 3:02 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Ethanol supply concerns prompt House agriculture leaders to favor phasing in a possible requirement that Missouri gasoline be blended with ten percent ethanol.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Peter Myers said several oil distributors who buy gasoline from terminals and sell it to gas stations had told him they haven't always been able to get enough ethanol.

Ethanol is an alcohol made by turning plant starch into sugar and then fermenting it.  Most cars can run a blend of ethanol and petroleum as long at least 90 percent of the mixture is gasoline.

Bills originally would have required all the state's gas be blended with ethanol by 2007.

The new proposal keeps the same aim of requiring all gas sold in the state be blended with ethanol but spreads out the implementation period.

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