Today’s Topic: Ethanol labels on gas pumps

By on June 28, 2011

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

Southern Farm Network logoThis week, Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about one of the most common questions the NCDA&CS receives: Whether gas stations are required to notify customers if the gas being sold contains ethanol. Currently, gas stations are not required to label gasoline containing less than 15 percent ethanol, but many stations voluntarily post labels on their pumps.

That will be changing. Earlier this year, the General Assembly passed a bill calling for the adoption of rules related to the labeling of gas pumps that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale. The N.C. Gasoline and Oil Inspection Board will be responsible for coming up with these rules, and the NCDA&CS Standards Division will make sure stations comply with them.

A lot of consumers, particularly those who own boats, small airplanes and certain types of lawn equipment, want to know whether their gas contains ethanol. Ethanol in small amounts works fine in most car and truck engines, but it can be harmful to the engines in boats, planes and lawn equipment.

Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss this labeling requirement and how it will benefit consumers.

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