If everything turns out as planned, there will be no confusion for consumers as to whether they are really getting the amount of octane advertised on the gas pump.
A new law, sponsored by Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and Sen. Debbie Johnson (R-Ham Lake), requires that if a number is used to advertise or identify the grade of gasoline, the number cannot exceed the octane of the gasoline. The law also updates ASTM specifications of motor fuels for purposes of regulation by the Weights and Measures Division of the Department of Commerce.
The law, signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 8, takes effect Aug. 1, 2008.
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