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Iowa One-Pager (State's Fuel Quality Regulation)
  Department
IA Dept of Agriculture
  NCWM Region
CWMA
 
  Primary Contact
Mike Harrington
  Last Modified 11/17/2014  
  Phone
(515) 725-1492
 
  Email
Mike.Harrington@iowaagriculture.gov
 
AUTHORITY
  Fuel Authority
Statutory (enacted legislation); Regulatory (state regulations)
 
  Statutory/Regulatory Citation
Renewable Fuel Legislation - H.F. 2754. Iowa Incentives and Laws: Biodiesel Tax Credit. Through December 31, 2011, retailers whose diesel sales are at least 50% biodiesel (B2 and higher blends) are eligible for a $0.03 per gallon tax credit on each gallon of B2 or higher blend sold. (Reference Iowa Code 422.11P and House File 2754, 2006). All state agencies must ensure that all bulk diesel fuel procured contain at least 5% renewable content by 2007, 10% renewable content by 2008, and 20% renewable content by 2010, provided that fuel meeting ASTM D 6751 is available. Agencies must ensure that diesel vehicles operate on biodiesel blends whenever the blends are available. Executive Order 41, 2005. All state agencies must ensure that all bulk diesel fuel procured contain at least 5% renewable content by 2007, 10% renewable content by 2008, and 20% renewable content by 2010, provided that fuel meeting ASTM D 6751 is available. Agencies must ensure that diesel vehicles operate on biodiesel blends whenever the blends are available.
 
ADOPTED FUEL SPECIFICATIONS
  Fuels Currently Regulated
Diesel Fuel_yes; B100-Biodiesel_yes; Biodiesel-Blends_yes
 
  Fuel Specifications
B100_ASTM D6751; B1-B5_ASTM D975; PetroDiesel_ASTM D975; B6-20_ASTM D 7467
 
  Other Specifications Ethanol - ASTM D 4806  
  If no spec - plan to adopt  
  Process to Adopt Specifications
Legislative Process; Administrative Rulemaking
 
  ASTM-Rev Adopted
automatic - incorporation of "most-current" revision
 
TESTING PROGRAMS
  Proactive Tests
Petroleum Diesel, Biodiesel Blends, Gasoline, and Ethanol Blends
 
  Reactive Test Circumstance
Our fuel meter inspectors screen fuel quality as part of their regular inspections using a Zeltec ZX101C to check octane, ethanol content, cetane and biodiesel content. A 'separation test' is also performed to check for ethanol levels. We will also sample a fuel if there is a consumer complaint.
 
  Fuel Test Performed
- Water & Sediment; - Visual; - Cloud Point; – Cold Soak Filtration; - Renewable Fuel Content; - Flash Point
 
  Where Sampled
Terminal / Blender; Retailer
 
  Where Tested
Out-Sourced
 
  Penalties
It has been a simple misdemeanor penalty for sale of product not meeting specifications. However, those penalties are planned to change to alternative civil enforcement actions. The civil penalty shall be at least one hundred dollars but not more than one thousand dollars for each violation. Each day that a continuing violation occurs shall be considered a separate offense. We also have used the attorney generals consumer fraud penalties in a couple cases which gave steeper and higher dollar penalties.
 
REPORTING
  How to Report
PRODUCT INDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
 
  Dispenser Labeling Biodiesel and ethanol blend dispensers must be affixed with decals identifying the type of fuel blend. If fuel blends containing more than 10% ethanol are being dispensed, the decal must include the following statement: "For Flexible Fuel Vehicles Only." The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (Department) may approve an application to place a decal in a special location on a pump with special lettering or colors if the decal appears clear and conspicuous to the consumer. The application must be made in writing to the Department. (Reference Iowa Code 214A.16)
 
  Tank Labeling