Today’s Topic: Consumers to see more labels for ethanol on N.C. gas pumps

by | Jun 12, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoNew rules took effect June 1 that require gas stations in North Carolina to label any gasoline containing an ethanol blend.

The N.C. Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board approved the rules in March in response to legislation adopted by the General Assembly last year.

The rules don’t affect the type of fuel that gas stations sell, and Commissioner Troxler says 95 percent of stations in the state sell some form of ethanol-blended gasoline. Many of these stations already display labels voluntarily, he says.

Under the changes, gasoline containing 10 percent or less by volume of ethanol must have a label that states “may contain up to 10 percent ethanol” or similar wording. For blends containing between 10 and 15 percent ethanol, the label will state “contains up to 15 percent ethanol” or something similar. And any blend containing between 15 and 85 percent ethanol must include a label stating the exact volume percentage of ethanol. E85 blends are not affected by the changes.

Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss labels and why they will be useful to consumers.

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