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H.188

AN ACT RELATING TO PROHIBITING THE SALE AND STORAGE OF FUEL PRODUCTS CONTAINING THE ADDITIVE MTBE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 577 is added to read:

§ 577.  PROHIBITION ON ADDITION OF GASOLINE ETHERS TO FUEL

            PRODUCTS

(a)  Effective January 1, 2007, no person shall knowingly sell at retail in this state, sell for use in this state, or store in an underground or aboveground storage tank in this state any fuel product that contains an ether in a quantity greater than one-half of one percent per volume.  Nothing in this subdivision shall be interpreted to prohibit the transshipment of a fuel product containing an ether in a quantity greater than one-half of one percent per volume through the state for disposition outside the state.  Transshipment does not include the storage of a fuel product coincident to shipment.

(b)  As used in this section:

(1)  “Ether” means an organic compound formed by the treatment of an alcohol with a dehydrating agent resulting in two organic radicals joined by an oxygen atom, including methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), methanol, isopropanol, n-propanol, n-butanol, iso-butanol, sec-butanol, tertiary-butanol, tertiary-pentanol, tertiary amyl methyl ether (TAME), di-isopropyl ether (DIPE), and ethyl butyl ether (ETBE).  “Ether” shall not include prepackaged goods intended for retail use, including starting fluid, dry gas, and octane booster.

(2)  “Fuel product” means gasoline, reformulated gasoline, benzene, benzol, diesel fuel, kerosene, or any other volatile and inflammable liquid that is produced, compounded, offered for sale, or used to generate power in an internal combustion engine.

 



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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