Motor and Other Vehicles

Retail Sale of Gasoline

SECTION 31-37-7.1

§ 31-37-7.1. Minimum standards for gasoline.

(a) Beginning June 1, 2007, no person shall sell, deliver for sale, import, or cause to be imported into the state for sale any gasoline containing methyl tertiary- butyl ether (MTBE) or other ether oxygenates in quantities greater than one half of one percent (0.5%) by volume. For the purpose of this section, "other ether oxygenates" shall include the following gasoline additives: Methanol; Isopropanol; n-Propanol; N-Butonal; sec-Butanol; tert- Butanol; Tert-pentalol (tert-amylalcohol); Ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE); Diisopropylether (DIPE); Tertiary Butyl alcohol (TBA); Iso-butanol; and Tert-amymethylether (TAME). Nothing in this section shall prohibit the transshipment of gasoline containing the oxygenates within the state for disposition outside the state, including storage coincident to the transshipment.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, it shall be the responsibility of the director of the department of environmental management to administer and enforce this section.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of § 31-37-17, penalties for violations of this section shall be assessed pursuant to § 23-23-14 as administered by the department of environmental management. In addition, the department is hereby authorized to administer this section according to the provisions of chapter 12.1 of title 46 in conjunction with its authority relating to underground storage tanks.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2005, ch. 181, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 291, § 1.)