Corn growers as well as petroleum and convenience store representatives clashed at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules as the state weighs changes to the Department of Agriculture that would allow the sale of E15 fuel in Missouri.
Most fuel in the United States is E10, which consists of 90 percent standard petroleum and 10 percent ethanol. E15 consists of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent petroleum. The 2008 Missouri Renewable FuelStandard Act made E10 the standard in the state.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture recently passed a rule that would allow, but not mandate, the sale of E15 gas in Missouri. A lobbyist with the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association said older vehicles might not be able to run on the E15 fuel and that usage of E15 would nullify certain vehicle warranties. He also said some filling stations would have to update or modify equipment to supply the E15, the cost of which they simply can not afford.
The final decision on whether or not the rule can take effect was postponed until Wednesday so members of the Committee could get clarifying information from the Department of Agriculture.