Maine Bill to Prohibit Ethanol Blended Gasoline at Levels Greater Than 10% Signed Into Law; Total Ban Fails Senate Vote

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff 

Legislation to prohibit a person from selling gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% by volume (E10) was signed into law by Governor Paul LePage. The law will not take effect until at least two other New England states have also enacted laws that effectively ban the sale of E15 gasoline. Separate legislation to prohibit the sale of any corn-based ethanol gasoline pending similar prohibitions in at least two other New England states failed in the Maine Senate by a 21–14 vote. However, the bill remains alive as Senators reconsider the vote. 

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