On June 20, 2016, Gov. LePage issued an executive order titled “An Order Regarding The Use of Ethanol in Gasoline.”

This executive order directs the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Environment Protection, “to undertake a review of scientific literature regarding the human health effects of emissions produced by the combustion of ethanol containing gasoline and the effect of increasing ethanol blends on emissions.”

A report of these findings was to be provided to the governor by Jan. 1, 2017. The due date is long gone and still no report. The taxpayers, whose hard-earned tax dollars paid for this report, need to have some questions answered.

Is there a written report? If not, why not? Was taxpayer money wasted? Were the Maine CDC and the DEP competent enough to accomplish the executive order? If they were competent enough, what were the results, or is something being hidden from the people?

I believe the taxpayers deserve to know the results, or did the governor waste taxpayer dollars?

Ralph Stevens

South Berwick