Maryland One-Pager (State's Fuel Quality Regulation)
MD Comptroller's Office
  NCWM Region
  Primary Contact
Chuck Ulm
  Last Modified 11/17/2014  
(410) 260-7278
  Fuel Authority
Regulatory (state regulations); Statutory (enacted legislation)
  Statutory/Regulatory Citation
Annotated Code of Maryland, Business Regulation Article, Title 10. Motor Fuel and Lubricants. Code of Maryland Regulations, Title of, Subtitle 03, Chapter 05. (Reference Maryland Statutes, Agriculture Code 10-1501 through 10-1507) Biodiesel production credits are as follows: a) $0.20 per gallon of biodiesel produced from soybean oil (the soybean oil must be produced in a facility or through expanded capacity of a facility that began operating after December 31, 2004), and b) $0.05 per gallon for biodiesel produced from other feedstocks (including soybean oil produced in a facility that began operating on or before December 31, 2004.
  Fuels Currently Regulated
Diesel Fuel_yes; B100-Biodiesel_yes; Biodiesel-Blends_no
  Fuel Specifications
B6-19_no-adopted-spec; B1-B5_ASTM D975; B100_ASTM D6751 but not under the fuel quality program; PetroDiesel_ASTM D975. Biodiesel and biodiesel blends must meet D975.
  Other Specifications All gasolines, propane and No.1 & No.2 distillates including kerosines.  
  If no spec - plan to adopt State regulations are in the process of being updated for numerous alternative fuels, including biodiesel. B100 is specified as meeting D6751 in the draft regulations.  
  Process to Adopt Specifications
Legislative Process; Administrative Rulemaking
  ASTM-Rev Adopted
not adopted - but ASTM used as guideline
  Proactive Tests
Petroleum Diesel; Biodiesel Blends (Bxx) but not B100 Biodiesel
  Reactive Test Circumstance
Any reasonable user complaint.
  Fuel Test Performed
- Water & Sediment; - Cloud Point; - Flash Point; - Cetane number; - Sulfur; - Viscosity
  Where Sampled
Terminal / Blender; Retailer; Receipt of Interstate Fuel
  Where Tested
State's In-House Lab
To both of the above questions, we initially impose a 'Stop Sale/Use' order until such time as the problem is corrected. Violation of a 'Stop Sale/Use' order carries criminal penalties of up to a $5,000 fine, 1 year in jail or both per violation.
  How to Report
  Dispenser Labeling No specific laws or regulations but recommend dispensers have the appropriate federal requirements such as applicable EPA and FTC decals. Biodiesel blends can be sold as biodiesel blends or diesel and indicate the appropriate grade such as #2. Product registration requires refinery specifications to be filed. There is a state decal regarding minimum specifications have been met and labeling identifies appropriate grade, brand and fuel type is identified.
  Tank Labeling