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Ethanol Standard for Gasoline Becomes Law

Governor Matt Blunt is touring the state this week to promote a new law requiring most Missouri gasoline to contain ten percent ethanol. The requirement takes effect January 1, 2008. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Governor Matt Blunt is touring the state this week to promote a new law requiring most Missouri gasoline to contain ten percent ethanol.

The requirement takes effect January first , 2008.

Supporters of the proposal say it will give corn farmers in the state a boost but opponents argue it will do harm than good by interfering with the market.

Ron Leone is executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

He says he was pleased that state lawmakers chose to create an ethanol standard, not a mandate.

Leone says there have been times in recent years when gasoline blended with ethanol was cheaper than gasoline without ethanol.

He says in those cases, most gas station owners chose to sell the cheaper gasoline-ethanol blend.

Missouri has ethanol plants in Craig, Macon and Malta Bend. A fourth plant is expected to come online this fall in Laddonia.