New Hampshire bill to ban ethanol blended fuel at levels greater than 10 percent

SEMA Action Network urges members to email lawmakers in support of the bill.


Legislation introduced in New Hampshire prohibits selling gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10 percent, according to the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA). A similar bill was signed into law last year in Maine.   

SEMA Action Network (SAN) is urging members to contact the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for the measure, H.B. 1220.

According to SEMA, H.B. 1220 recognizes that ethanol increases water formation which can then corrode metals and dissolve plastics and rubber, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used. Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion.
H.B. 1220 recognizes that the life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs, according to SEMA. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education.

H.B. 1220 recognizes that there has been an inability to obtain unblended gasoline for engines that may be damaged by ethanol, according to SEMA.

SEMA asks supporters to email a copy of a letter of support to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org

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