Monday, July 1, 2013

Toward victory, budget amendment would stop ethanol transport

This just in from Roseann Bongiovanni by way of Anjie:

Good Morning and Happy July,

I am so pleased to share with you wonderful news:  The Senate Ethanol Amendment passed the Conference Committee and is on its way to the Governor’s Office for his ratification into law.  Congratulations and thank you to each of you who contacted members of the Conference Committee to register to your support for the senate amendment.

A big thank you goes out to our legislative champions Senator Sal DiDomenico and Senator Anthony Petrucelli!  Without their leadership and support, and that of their great staff (Ingrid and Anthony G.), this would not be possible.  Representatives Reinstein and O’Flaherty should also be recognized for their advocacy in favor of this amendment.  A special thank you also goes out to Attorney Rubin who drafted the amendment language.

Though we have won a huge battle, the war is not over.  The Governor could still choose to strike this amendment from the budget. 

As such, please contact the Governor and register your support IMMEDIATELY for this amendment -- ASK THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN THE ETHANOL AMENDMENT INTO LAW! (617) 725-4005.  Please call today!

SECTION 81. Section 14 of chapter 91 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:

An ethanol storage or blending facility that stores or blends or is intended to store or blend more than an average of 5,000 gallons of ethanol per day and is located within 1 mile of a census block that has a population density of greater than 4,000 people per square mile shall not be granted a license under this chapter. For the purposes of this section, ethanol shall be defined as any mixture composed of not less than 30 per cent ethanol.