Minnesota One-Pager (State's Fuel Quality Regulation)
MN Department of Commerce
  NCWM Region
  Primary Contact
Julie Quinn
  Last Modified 11/17/2014  
(651) 215-1777
  Fuel Authority
Regulatory (state regulations); Statutory (enacted legislation))
  Statutory/Regulatory Citation
Biodiesel Definition: Biodiesel is defined as a renewable, biodegradable, mono alkyl ester combustible liquid fuel that is derived from agricultural plant oils or animal fats and that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification D6751-07. (Reference Senate File 1193, 2007, and Minnesota Statutes 239.761 and 296A.01). Biodiesel Blend Mandate: Biodiesel Blend Mandate: Beginning May 1, 2009, all diesel fuel must contain at least 5% biodiesel; 10% biodiesel by May 1, 2012; and 20% biodiesel by May 1, 2015. The minimum content levels are effective during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September, and October only. However, the commissioners of agriculture and commerce, the Pollution Control Agency,.... may allow the specified biodiesel blend level to be effective year round if ...technically feasible. (Reference Senate File 3683, 2008, and Minnesota Statutes 239.77 and 239.75)
  Fuels Currently Regulated
Diesel Fuel_yes; B100-Biodiesel_yes; Biodiesel-Blends_yes
  Fuel Specifications
B6-20_ASTM D7467; B1-B5_ASTM D975; B100_ASTM D6751; PetroDiesel_ASTM D975
  Other Specifications D6751-08 however some palm oil based fuels are excluded from the definition. D7467-08 was adopted as the definition for “Biodiesel Blend” fuels. MN delayed adoption D975-08b due to concerns with #1 diesel fuel meeting T90 when blended with B100. Sec. 4. EXTENSION OF COMMISSIONER'S ORDER. The order by the commissioner of commerce exempting number 1 diesel fuel from the biodiesel content requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 239.77, subdivision 4.6 2, paragraph (a), is extended until March 31, 2012, for the months of October, November, December, January, February, and March  
  If no spec - plan to adopt  
  Process to Adopt Specifications
Legislative Process
  ASTM-Rev Adopted
periodic - adopt & update per set schedule (e.g. annually)
  Proactive Tests
Biodiesel Blends (Bxx)
  Reactive Test Circumstance
Complaint from some point in the distribution system, usually at the retail consumer level, but sometimes from a station or a bulk plant.
  Fuel Test Performed
- Flash Point; - Vacuum Distillation; - Visual; - Density; - Cloud Point; Pour Point; Cold soak filtration; we can detect Glycerides, we can not test for Glycerides.
  Where Sampled
Terminal / Blender; Producer; Retailer
  Where Tested
Out-Sourced; State's In-House Lab
Consequences are: Removal of product from sale, liability for damages incurred to consumers, possible prosecution at the municipal and/or county level.
  How to Report Call 651-215-5821
  Dispenser Labeling FTC only
  Tank Labeling This link discussed the biodiesel mandate but doesn't specify any labeling rules. No additional information in statutes. Only petroleum rules.