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Iowa bill restricts ethanol content information at pump

Bill to Restrict Consumer Information on Ethanol Content in Gasoline Approved by Iowa Senate Agriculture Committee; Moves Next to Ways and Means

Legislation (S.F. 476) to change labeling requirements on gas pumps across the state to only require labeling for unblended gasoline and E85 has been introduced in Iowa. Current law in Iowa requires labeling when gasoline is blended with ethanol, in any amount. If enacted, the bill would remove labeling requirements for ethanol blended gasoline containing 15% or less ethanol, thereby increasing the risk of misfueling and potential engine damage. Unblended gas is required to be labeled, but there is no guarantee that unblended gas will be available. The bill has been approved by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and is pending consideration in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. You have a right to know what blend of ethanol you are putting in your older collector cars!

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee (List Below) to Request Their Opposition to S.F. 476

The U.S. EPA has approved E15 for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles. That means that if this bill is enacted, consumers buying ethanol blended gasoline won’t know if they are pumping E10 or E15 into their vehicle.
Ethanol increases water formation in the fuel system, especially when the vehicle sits over a period of time. Under these conditions, formic acid is created which corrodes metals, plastics and rubber. This can lead to engine/parts failures and, potentially, safety hazards.
Many products in the marketplace, including older cars (your special interest collector and historic vehicles), use materials that are incompatible with ethanol.

· In addition to the potential harm of ethanol blended gasoline on some engine components, S.F. 476 provides no procedure to ensure misfueling does not occur or any plan to guarantee gasoline without ethanol will be available for older vehicles.

· The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been urged to create national labeling requirements for ethanol blended gasoline that are placed as close as possible to the pump’s product selection mechanism, but since such requirements are not currently in place, vehicle owners must rely on state labeling requirements for information about the gasoline they use in their vehicles.

DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to S.F. 476. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee

Senator Joe Bolkcom - Chair
Phone: 319/337-6280

Senator Dr. Joe M. Seng - Vice Chair
Phone: 563/940-0671

Senator Brad Zaun
Phone: 515.223-4500

Senator Bill Anderson
Phone: 712/898-2505

Senator Merlin Bartz
Phone: 641/903-9548

Senator Dennis Black
Phone: 515/975-8608

Senator Mark Chelgren
Phone: 641/777-7047

Senator Swati A. Dandekar
Phone: 319/377-2087

Senator William A. Dotzler, Jr.
Phone: 319/296-2947

Senator Randy Feenstra
Phone: 712/439-1244

Senator Robert M. Hogg
Phone: 319/538-2247

Senator Pam Jochum
Phone: 563/556-6530

Senator Matthew McCoy
Phone: 515/274-0561

Senator Herman C. Quirmbach
Phone: 515/292-8984

Senator Roby Smith
Phone: 563/386-0179

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