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Jason's Mailbag: What are the rules on ethanol gas in Ohio?

Jason Singer • Feb 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Q: Hey Jason, I'm concerned about the amount of ethanol in the gas I buy. I have an older boat that it does damage to. Also I get less mileage with my truck. Do the stations have to post the percentages? Is it state law? Thank you. — Mike at O.V.H.

A: Ohio is one of 12 states that does not require gas stations to post how much ethanol is in their gasoline. In fact, Ohio gas stations don't have to tell you whether or not their gas contains any ethanol at all.

You can find the exact law in Ohio Revised Code 1345.021:

"A retail dealer shall not be required to disclose the fact that gasoline contains ethanol and shall not be required to disclose the percentage of ethanol in the gasoline by any law, rule, resolution, or ordinance of any agency or department of the state or any political subdivision of the state."

Unfortunately, there aren't any local gas stations that sell ethanol-free gas if you have old boats or cars that don't handle ethanol well. According to pure-gas.org, the closest ethanol-free gas station is in Eastlake or Ravenna.

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