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March 8, 2012

NH House: Ban ethanol in gasoline

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire's House has voted to ban corn-based ethanol as a gasoline additive.

The ban would not take effect unless at least two other New England states do the same. A similar proposal has not been approved in the rest of the region.

The House voted Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate after supporters successfully argued the use of ethanol has not benefited the environment as much as hoped. They also pointed out that use of corn to make ethanol has driven up food prices.

Opponents said the bill's aim was unachievable because New Hampshire is too small to warrant a boutique gasoline mix without ethanol. They said it would be better to express disapproval of the corn-based ethanol policy by sending a message to Washington.

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