Governor vetoes bill requiring ethanol warning label

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed a bill that would require additional labeling for Indiana gas pumps that distribute E15, a fuel blend that contains up to 15% ethanol in gasoline.

The new signage would have encouraged consumers to check their owner’s manual for “compatibility and warranty requirements,” according to the measure vetoed Monday. Fuel dispensers who didn’t post the statement on their pumps could have been charged with a Class A infraction, which carries up to a $10,000 fine.

Holcomb maintained that the Environmental Protection Agency already mandates all E15 pumps to have a label "clearly advising consumers of the possible implications of using the fuel in certain engines.”

The EPA warning says E15 should only be used in flex-fuel vehicles that are 2001 models and newer. It also urges against E15 use for boats and gas-powered equipment.

“I find this additional layer of government unnecessary and confusing,” the Republican governor wrote in his veto letter.

Indiana legislators can override Holcomb’s veto by a simple majority vote in both chambers, with the action potentially taking place during a one-day meeting the

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