to be more speci;c on acceptable usage (e.g., “motorcycle
use only” or “this product is not suitable for use in most
gasoline-powered automotive engines built after 1951”).
ILMA aims to have the language ;ne-tuned for a vote this
summer, but it appears more work is needed in committee.
Meanwhile, California outlawed the sale of obsolete
NO MORE WATER
A Colorado proposal to limit the allowable level of water
in retail fuel storage tanks to one-quarter inch was withdrawn.
The current rules allow up to 1 inch of water in tanks that
store diesel or gasoline (without ethanol). Several factors
in;uenced the withdrawal, including ethanol phase separation and technical limitations of tank monitoring systems.
A new rule to limit interior access to retail fuel dispensers
Several regulators and stakeholders took issue with the
proposal’s language despite applauding its intent. Gordon
Johnson of Gilbarco called the draft “too vague” for his com-
pany to comply. One regulator questioned whether the topic
is within weights and measures jurisdiction. Votes will not be
Credit card skimmers have hit Florida gas pumps harder
than those in other states. Regulators said most of the gangs
involved are foreign nationals in Florida. The state is the
third-largest U.S. retail fuel market behind only Texas and
California. Florida inspectors discovered 649 skimmers in
2017 alone. Add removed skimmers that technicians and
operators failed to report, and the number climbs.
Hal Prince, bureau chief with Florida’s Division of
Consumer Services-Bureau of Standards, said the state has
pursued, arrested and convicted high-pro;le cases, partly
because the department has its own enforcement personnel. In most states, law enforcement must be summoned
upon discovery of a skimmer. That interagency bureaucracy is time-consuming and often results in lost revenue
and paperwork for station owners, service technicians,
weights and measures of;cials or all of them. A general
lack of knowledge contributes to lost evidence in many
areas. Stories abound of technicians with boxes full of
removed skimmers and of;cials who have underestimated
the severity of the electronic doodads and have discarded