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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.143

Introduced by Senator Scott of Washington District and Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation and development; fuel additives; MTBE

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize the use and sale of racing fuel that contains methyl tertiary butyl ether or another gasoline ether.

AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZING THE USE OF RACING FUEL CONTAINING THE ADDITIVE MTBE OR OTHER GASOLINE ETHERS

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 577 is amended 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 a gasoline ether in a quantity greater than one‑half of one percent per volume unless authorized under subsection (c) of this section.  Nothing in this subsection shall be interpreted to prohibit the transshipment of a fuel product containing a gasoline 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.

(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.

(3)  “Gasoline ether” means any ether added to a fuel product, including methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), tertiary amyl methyl ether (TAME), di‑isopropyl ether (DIPE), and ethyl butyl ether (ETBE).  “Gasoline ether” shall not include prepackaged goods intended for retail use, including starting fluid and octane booster.

(c)  A fuel product used in a motor vehicle intended to be used in a racing event may contain a gasoline ether and may be sold at retail or sold for use in the state, provided that it is sold in prepackaged drums, pails, or containers.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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