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H.171

Introduced by   Representatives Sharpe of Bristol and Jewett of Ripton

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; diesel fuel; biodiesel fuel

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require all diesel fuel sold, offered for sale, distributed, or delivered in the state to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s sulfur content requirement and to contain at least five percent biodiesel fuel by volume.  The secretary of natural resources may establish by rule requirements for implementation of the biodiesel fuel content requirements.  The diesel fuel content requirements would go into effect June 1, 2006.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONTENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE DIESEL FUEL

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 578 is added to read:

§ 578.  DIESEL FUEL CONTENT

(a)  As used in this section:

(1)  “Biodiesel fuel” means a renewable, biodegradable, mono alkyl ester combustible liquid fuel derived from vegetable oil or animal fat that meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Specification D6751-02 for Biodiesel Fuel (B100) Blend Stock for Distillate Fuels.

(2)  “Ultra‑low-sulfur diesel fuel” means a liquid fuel derived from crude oil that has a sulfur content not exceeding 15 ppm and that meets the requirements of 40 C.F.R. § 80.520.

(b)  All ultra‑low-sulfur diesel fuel sold at retail, offered for sale at retail, distributed, or delivered in Vermont for use by motor vehicles shall contain at least five percent biodiesel fuel by volume.

(c)  At any reasonable time for the purpose of ascertaining the state of compliance with this section, the secretary or any duly authorized officer, employee, or representative of the secretary may enter and inspect any property, premises, or place on or at which diesel fuel for use by motor vehicles is sold at retail, distributed, or delivered.  No authorized person shall refuse entry or access to or interfere with the inspection by the secretary or the authorized representative of the secretary.

(d)  The secretary may establish by rule requirements for the implementation of this section, including:  a schedule for compliance; standards for diesel fuel composition; standards for the production or manufacture of diesel fuel containing at least five percent biodiesel fuel; and certification of the biodiesel fuel and sulfur content of diesel fuel.

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

Sec. 1 (diesel fuel content requirements) shall take effect June 1, 2006.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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