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uel industry topics made the Jan. 12-16 agenda for the
2019 National Conference on Weights and Measures
Interim Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The
main takeaway was that skimmers are still skimming.
For the second year, the meeting occurred during a partial
government shutdown and lacked technical advisors from the
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Of;ce
of Weights and Measures. State regulators, industry partners
and stakeholders discussed a full agenda, nevertheless.
The meeting agenda included sections related to Handbook
130, the primary document that de;nes the uniform laws and
regulation for weights and measures. Many of the revisions
relate to document organization, such as moving terms and
de;nitions out of the Method of Sale Regulations. Fuel quality
guidance, de;nitions, classi;cations and duplicate references
are being consolidated. Most revisions do not alter substance.
DISPENSER IDENTIFICATION ON RECEIPTS
A rule approved during the 2018 NCWM Annual Meeting
requires all retail fuel receipts to include fuel dispenser
identi;cation. The current effective date is January 2021, which
would be nonretroactive. The proposed revision would push
the effective date to January 2023 and exempt locations with
only one dispenser.
Regulators at the meeting supported the revision.
Another item seeks to specify a two-minute timeout if a
retail customer cancels a fuel sale. Sections address sales at
the pump, sales from the vehicle (or app) and sales of electric
vehicle (EV) charging. The proposal goes up for vote during
the 2019 NCWM Annual Meeting.
E15 EXCLUSION OF TERMS
A proposal from the Petroleum Marketers Association of
America (PMAA) seeks to restrict the use of marketing terms
such as “premium” and “ultra” for gasoline blends that contain
more than 10 percent ethanol. The objective is to prevent E15
confusion. PMAA submitted the item to regional NCWM meetings in preparation for a vote at the national meeting. Regulators
at the interim meeting displayed little enthusiasm and said
any list of restricted terms would need to be exhaustive. The