On January 1, 2008, the Missouri Renewable Fuel Standard became effective. Under this standard, all gasoline offered for sale in Missouri must contain 10% ethanol.
A few exemptions to the standard will allow gasoline without ethanol to be sold:
When ethanol blends purchased at wholesale exceed the price of gasoline...
When selling premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher...
Gasoline sold at airports...
Gasoline sold at marinas...
Important: Although premium is exempted from the requirement, it may be blended with ethanol.
Missouri does not require ethanol labeling on gasoline dispensers. Therefore, if a consumer has a specific application that requires a fuel without ethanol, the consumer must purchase premium unleaded gasoline with an octane of 91 or higher that is also advertised as not containing ethanol.
Retail Service Station Operators
It is important for service station operators and wholesale consumer users to prepare storage tanks by removing water and sediment and installing 10 micron filters before the introduction of any ethanol blends into these tanks. This will ensure the quality of the product is preserved...
Fuel-Testers Comments: Above law seems contradictory - Missouri does not label...exempts premium from ethanol, and then says ethanol can be added to premium! Seems Missouri lawmakers believe "advertising" is all that's needed for consumers to make an informed fuel choice.
"Splash blending can put too much ethanol in your fuel tank".
"...critics say splash blending is prone to inaccuracy - and vulnerable to manipulation when ethanol becomes cheaper than conventional gasoline, as it has been this year. That makes it enticing to pack more ethanol into a gallon of gasoline and pocket some extra profits...".
We believe retail gas stations should always offer consumers a clearly labeled "choice at the pump", which would include non-alcohol, E-10 and E-85 in every town. Private marine stations and airport fuel distributors should always sell only non-ethanol gas - This is our educated opinion, based on science and facts, not political or petroleum/ethanol industry agendas.
Bad Gas in Missouri?
An Alcohol Fuel Test Kit will give you the data you need to keep engines safe with E10 gasoline.
Missouri does not require gas pump labeling when ethanol is added to gasoline (E10 sticker).
Missouri has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the leader in ethanol blender pumps. Blend above 10% to maximum of 85% alcohol.
During the Missouri State Fair (2011), an official from USDA’s Rural Development agency paid a visit to recognize Missouri as the national leader in renewable energy. Through a partnership with the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC), the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the Missouri Department of Agriculture,
Missouri fuel retailers have been approved to install 26 biofuel pumps – more than any other state in the nation.
Contact us if you would like more details on MO fuel laws or read MO Statute 414.255 -Scroll down for more information...
Report abnormal test results and problems with E10 ethanol fuel.
Missouri Current News - Renewable Fuels & E10
More Information - Resources Missouri and U.S. Ethanol Fuel Laws
The U.S. Department of Energy website includes extensive information on renewable and alternative fuels -
Visit Alternative Fuel Data Center (AFDC): www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/incentives_laws.html;
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) website has extensive information on gasoline and renewable fuels.
See www.epa.gov/air/caa/peg/carstrucks.html and www.epa.gov/otaq/renewablefuels/