By J. Rex Brown
few fuel industry topics made the Jan. 13-16 agenda for the 2018 National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Interim Meeting in St. Pete
A government shutdown forced technical advisors from
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
to return home before the meeting began. Advisors from the
NIST Of;ce of Weights and Measures typically attend these
meetings to comment, propose changes and offer technical
advice on agenda items. This time, NIST provided its analysis before the meeting.
NCWM committees worked late on several proposals and
learned the latest on credit card skimmers.
GAS PUMP ID
Receipts for retail gasoline sales soon might require iden-ti;cation of the dispensers.
A Handbook 44 revision will be voted on in July. If
approved, receipts must include the dispenser designations by
alpha or numeric descriptions.
Marketers said older systems might not be able to include
the extra data on printed receipts. The rule, however, allows
printed receipts to include handwritten entries.
E15 NAME GAME
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers
E15 a ;ex fuel; the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calls
it gasoline. When the FTC updated labeling requirements in
the Automotive Fuel Rating Rule ( 16 CFR Part 306) in 2016,
it contradicted EPA labeling requirements. Crafting language
that harmonizes the rules has stymied regulators for two years.
A vote is planned for July.
Obsolete motor oil has been generating consumer complaints in several states. Typically the oil is classi;ed for SAE
grades unsuitable for modern automotive engines. “Modern”
is de;ned as manufactured after 1988. But instances have
been reported of stores selling and customers unknowingly
purchasing motor oil unsuited for engines built after 1951.
Most infractions originate at discount retailers and C-stores in
less af;uent areas. Concern remains that bulk containers of
obsolete grades could ;nd their ways to service stations or oil
The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
(ILMA) proposed a change to Handbook 130 that would
require labeling to include more prominent SAE ratings and
By J. Rex Brown