Missouri governor signs bill benefiting biofuels

By Erin Voegele | June 29, 2016

On June 24, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed S.B. 657. The new law will promote the installation of blender pumps within the state by ensuring that the liability insurance gas stations are already required to have will also provide coverage for the release of blended fuels from incompatible storage tanks.

The text of the bill states “under this act, an owner or operator shall not be denied benefits by the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund if their claim arises from a release of motor fuel or a regulated petroleum substance that is incompatible with the motor fuel underground or aboveground storage tank system, except in cases of fraud on the application for coverage.”

According to information published by the Missouri legislature, the measure was first introduced in January and was delivered to Nixon for his signature in late May. The effective date of the bill is August 28.

Nixon currently serves as the 2016 chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, a 33-state bipartisan organization founded more than 20 years ago to increase the use of ethanol-based fuels, decrease the nation’s dependence on imported energy resources, improve the environment and stimulate the national economy.