Introduced by Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Adams of Hartland, Deen of Westminster, Fisher of Lincoln, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Shand of Weathersfield and Sharpe of Bristol
Subject: Conservation and development; gasoline additive; MTBE; prohibition
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit the sale and storage of fuel products containing the additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
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. FUEL PRODUCTS WITH ADDITIVE MTBE; PROHIBITION
(a) Effective July 1, 2006, a manufacturer or wholesaler may not sell at retail in this state to a retailer in this state or for use in this state, and a retailer may not knowingly sell or store in underground or aboveground storage tanks, any fuel product containing the additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).
(b) As used in this section, “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 internal combustion engines or to generate heat or light.
(c) The commissioner of environmental conservation shall seek a waiver from the Untied States Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of discontinuing the use of MTBE as gasoline additive in this state.
Sec. 2. GASOLINE SAFETY EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
Beginning July 1, 2005, the Vermont Fuel Dealers’ Association, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, and the Oxygenated Fuels Association under the direction of the commissioner of environmental conservation shall undertake an effective education campaign directed at all users of gasoline, including homeowners, marine trades, and businesses, about the proper handling of gasoline. The campaign shall include (1) warnings at the point of sale about the proper handling of gasoline; (2) instructions on portable gasoline containers sold after July 1, 2006, about the proper handling of gasoline; and (3) newspaper, radio, and television information advertisements.
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