By Scott C. Boorse
Weights and measures of;cials met July 14-18 in Milwaukee for the 104th annual meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures
Conversation and debate topics included skimming at
the pump, printed dispenser receipts, alternative fueling
dispenser automatic timeout standards, premium diesel fuel
speci;cation, diesel exhaust ;uid (DEF) dispenser standards
and a priority proposal to allow year-round E15 sales, re;ecting new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules.
The Credit Card Skimmer Task Group reported
on its work to combat skimming at the pump. Hal
Prince, chairman of the group and a weights and measures of;cial from Florida, presented to the NCWM
Speci;cations and Tolerances Committee a proposal
that would require any retail motor fueling device
capable of conducting customer-initiated ;nancial
transactions to be secured to substantially restrict unauthorized manipulation and fraud.
The group suggested four options:
1. A physical lock, locking device or physical securing
device that restricts access.
2. Electronic alarming or disabling of the equipment.
3. Advanced payment acceptance technologies that increase
protections against payment information theft.
4. Some other alternative approved by local or state weights
and measures authorities.
Several people during the open hearing questioned
whether the NCWM is authorized to deal with skimming
protections. Many states, however, voiced their support. The
committee moved the item forward and continued the task
group’s efforts. The proposal may come before a vote during
the 2020 annual meeting.
The group asked PEI to participate in the Credit Card
Skimmer Task Group.
NE W RULES
E15 adoption. After an open hearing and ;oor debate,
the NCWM approved a Growth Energy proposal to revise
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Handbook 130 Section G. 2. 1. 2 Gasoline-Ethanol Blends to
allow year-round E15 sales.;The section previously allowed
sales of blends containing 9% to 10% ethanol only during
summer. The approval aligns Handbook 130 with the recent
EPA ;nal rule to include ethanol blends up to 15%.
DEF. The NCWM approved a proposal to strike the
words “motor fuel” from all references to section A. 1
General, S. 2. 5 of Handbook 44. The move allows DEF to be
included as a measured liquid when sold through dispensers
as retail devices and subjects DEF dispensers to the same
provisions as motor fuel dispensers.