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S.79

Introduced by   Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District and Senator Starr of Essex‑Orleans District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; diesel fuel tax

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to prohibit the use of MTBE as a chemical component in any motor fuel blend, including a diesel fuel blend, after July 1, 2006 and to direct that ethanol, or a chemically equivalent additive, be used as the replacement component.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION OF THE USE OF MTBE IN MOTOR VEHICLE FUEL

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

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3002 is amended to read:

§ 3002.  Definitions

For the purposes of this chapter:

(1)  “Commissioner” means the commissioner of motor vehicles or any officer or employee of the department duly authorized by him or her to perform the functions herein mentioned or described;.

(2)  “Dealer” means any person who sells or delivers fuel into the fuel supply tanks of motor vehicles owned or operated by others;.

(3)  “Distributor” means any person who sells or delivers fuel into bulk storage tanks of a dealer or user;.

(4)  “Fuel” means clear diesel fuel that has not been dyed in accordance with 26 U.S.C. § 4082 or section 211(I) of the Clean Air Act and any blend of undyed diesel and other fuel used or suitable for use for the generation of power to propel motor vehicles;.

(5)  “Motor vehicle” means any self-propelled vehicle using fuel on the public highways and registered or required to be registered for operation thereon;.

(6)  “Motor bus” means any motor vehicle with a seating capacity of more than 20 persons;.

(7)  “Motor truck” means a motor vehicle designed primarily for the transportation of property and goods, and not primarily for the transportation of passengers;.

(8)  “Railroad fuel” means diesel fuel and any blend of diesel and other fuel used or suitable for use for the generation of power to propel a railroad train;.

(9)  “Use” means the consumption of fuel by a user to propel motor vehicles on the highways of the state;.

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(11)  “Ethanol” means fermentation ethyl alcohol derived from agricultural products, including potatoes, cereal, grains, cheese whey, and sugar beets; forest products; or other renewable resources, including residue and waste generated from the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products, forest products, and other renewable resources, that:

(A)  meets all of the specifications in ASTM specification D 4806-88; and

(B)  is denatured as specified in 27 C.F.R. parts 20 and 21.

(12)  “MTBE” means methyl tertiary butyl ether.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 567a is added to read:

§ 567a.  MTBE PROHIBITION; ETHANOL SUBSTITUTION

On and after July 1, 2006, the use of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in any motor vehicle fuel blend, including a diesel fuel blend, shall be prohibited, and ethanol, or a chemically equivalent additive, shall serve as the replacement component.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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