Label Change Tabled

Nebraska ethanol labeling effort held over
By Kris Bevill | May 13, 2011

Legislation introduced in Nebraska to eliminate required labels for ethanol-blended fuels has been tabled by the bill’s sponsor following backlash from the local petroleum lobby and concern from the ethanol industry that an amended bill would do more damage than good.

In January, State Sen. Mark Christensen introduced a bill to eliminate the need for any retail pumps dispensing fuel containing more than 1 percent ethanol to be labeled. The measure passed the first of three rounds of votes, but was amended to instead require that any fuel containing no ethanol be marked with a “No ethanol” label. This change concerned the Nebraska Ethanol Board, according to Christensen. “When the industry decided it may not be beneficial to them, I knew the bill was going to die so we just opted to lift the bill,” he says. “I think we can amend it next year and maybe get this passed. We’re just trying to take a positive approach and make sure we’re doing things the right way,” he adds.   —Kris Bevill