PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is proposing to adopt motor fuel (including biofuel) labeling standards.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 19.94, 19.112, and 34.05 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the 2006 legislative session, legislation was passed relative to biofuels. RCW 19.112.020 was modified to require fuel pumps offering biodiesel and ethanol blends to be identified by a label stating the percentage of biodiesel or ethanol. RCW 19.112.020(2) also states that the director may adopt rules on false and misleading advertising, labeling and posting of prices, and the standards for, and identity of, motor fuels. These standards are necessary to protect consumers and assist industry in maintaining a level playing field for marketing and fuel quality.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will discuss any proposed amendments with affected stakeholders. Affected stakeholders will also have an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period and will be able to present oral testimony at the public hearing.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary A. Martin Toohey, Assistant Director, Plant Protection Division, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1907, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kirk Robinson, Program Manager, Plant Protection Division, Weights and Measures Program, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1856, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail email@example.com.
September 18, 2006
Mary A. Martin Toohey