Tavares, FL - June 3, 2013
Gov. Scott signed FL bill HB-4001 on Friday to REPEAL a prior law
enabled by former Gov. Charlie Crist that required ETHANOL in gasoline.
Ethanol DAMAGES engines. Below is the email I received from the
Governor’s office. He has signed bill HB 4001 last Friday, which will
repeal the existing bill requiring ethanol in fuel, and it takes affect
ONE MONTH from now, on July 1, 2013
You can read the bill summary and confirm his signing here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2013/4001
Happy Days are here for all those people whose engines are being damaged by that stupid law implemented by Charlie Crist.
The people won over the lobbyists for once, and all the supporters and Gov. Scott should be commended for getting the Ethanol requirement removed.
CAVEAT: This only applies to Florida. And according to local Lake County activist Jerry Cichon, who fought the Ethanol requirement for two years, the old fuel tanks at gas stations will still be contaminated with "black ooze" collected at the bottom of tanks. Jerry has a classic car seen at Eustis and other car shows and has worked hard, including trips to Tallahassee, etc to reverse the Ethanol requirement. So, if you get regular "non-Ethanol" fuel after July 1 from a station that did have Ethanol contaminated gas, the fuel will probably contain small ratios of Ethanol. Jerry says there is a law that Gas Stations must replace or clean out their fuel tanks when changing fuel types, but that has been waived for 3-years due to the economy.
Expect to see car owners to start switching fuel providers when they learn to search for newer gas stations with clean tanks, especially those who know the damage caused by Ethanol. Right now, however, you can still get non-Ethanol fuel at Harris Oil in Mt. Dora off HWY 441, and you can get it at the fill up station at the Tavares boat ramp since they use it for boats, and have pumps on the parking lot also.
Lobbyists in South Florida working for Brazil were lobbying Gov. Scott and legislators to KEEP the Ethanol requirement because they wanted to import Ethanol from Brazil into Florida for fuel. They promised hundreds of jobs, but fortunately Gov. Scott and legislators saw through that ploy and still voted to reject Ethanol in Florida gas.
Jerry also says that the Federal government doesn't require Ethanol in fuel, but they require Ethanol production at an increasing rate, thus putting pressure to find customers for Ethanol. California and other states have the requirement, so tell your classic car and boat buddies in other states to MOVE to Florida.
Here is the official summary describing the bill:
Lake County Fiscal Rangers
HB 4001 — Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act
by Reps. Gaetz, Perry, and others (CS/SB 320 by Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee and Senator Evers)
The bill repeals the statutes comprising the Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act, allowing a terminal supplier, importer, blender, or wholesaler to sell unblended gasoline for any use or purpose, not just those currently listed as exemptions to the act. The repeal of the Florida requirements on sellers of gasoline will leave the federal blending requirements on producers untouched and in effect.
If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2013.
Vote: Senate 33-1; House 77-39
Here is the announcement email from Gov. Scott
From: Governor Rick Scott [mailto:Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com]
Subject: Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Scott (HB 4001)
Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Scott regarding legislation passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2013 regular session. The Governor appreciates your thoughts and asked that I respond on his behalf.
The Executive Office of the Governor follows all bills as they move through the legislative process. Please be assured, Governor Scott carefully considered your comments and those of other concerned citizens regarding House Bill 4001, relating to Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act, as he made his decision.
After consulting with all interested parties and thoroughly weighing all sides of this issue, Governor Scott signed House Bill 4001 into law on May 31, 2013. The law will take effect on July 1, 2013. Information about the Governor's Bill Actions can be found on the Governor's web site at http://www.flgov.com/bill-action/.