FEBRUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 5:36 p.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Supporters say ethanol can revitalize rural economies. And Governor Blunt wants to mandate a ten percent ethanol blend in Missouri gasoline.
But there are some environmental concerns about the proposal.
The Department of Natural Resources supports the mandate. But the agency has cautioned that a ten percent ethanol blend can increase ozone emissions, a concern for people with asthma and businesses that might be required to use more expensive air cleaning procedures to meet clean air standards.
Rural lawmakers say ethanol increases corn prices while its production byproducts can also be sold to bring in more money for farmers.