58th Legislature
2003 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 11, 2003
  Yeas 86   Nays 7

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate April 9, 2003
  Yeas 48   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1242 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington



Passed Legislature - 2003 Regular Session
State of Washington58th Legislature2003 Regular Session

By House Committee on Technology, Telecommunications & Energy (originally sponsored by Representatives Sullivan, Crouse, Wood, Morris, Grant, Schoesler, Quall, Ruderman and Mielke)

READ FIRST TIME 02/07/03.   

     AN ACT Relating to the use of biodiesel; and adding new sections to chapter 43.19 RCW.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   A new section is added to chapter 43.19 RCW to read as follows:
     The legislature recognizes that:
     (1) Biodiesel is less polluting than petroleum diesel;
     (2) Using biodiesel in neat form or blended with petroleum diesel significantly reduces air toxics and cancer-causing compounds as well as the soot associated with petroleum diesel exhaust;
     (3) Biodiesel degrades much faster than petroleum diesel;
     (4) Biodiesel is less toxic than petroleum fuels;
     (5) The United States environmental protection agency's new emission standards for petroleum diesel that take effect June 1, 2006, will require the addition of a lubricant to ultra-low sulfur diesel to counteract premature wear of injection pumps;
     (6) Biodiesel provides the needed lubricity to ultra-low sulfur diesel;
     (7) Biodiesel use in state-owned diesel-powered vehicles provides a means for the state to comply with the alternative fuel vehicle purchase requirements of the energy policy act of 1992, P.L. 102-486; and
     (8) The state is in a position to set an example of large scale use of biodiesel in diesel-powered vehicles and equipment.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   A new section is added to chapter 43.19 RCW to read as follows:
     (1) All state agencies are encouraged to use a fuel blend of twenty percent biodiesel and eighty percent petroleum diesel for use in diesel-powered vehicles and equipment.
     (2) Effective June 1, 2006, for agencies complying with the ultra-low sulfur diesel mandate of the United States environmental protection agency for on-highway diesel fuel, agencies shall use biodiesel as an additive to ultra-low sulfur diesel for lubricity, provided that the use of a lubricity additive is warranted and that the use of biodiesel is comparable in performance and cost with other available lubricity additives. The amount of biodiesel added to the ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel shall be not less than two percent.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3   A new section is added to chapter 43.19 RCW to read as follows:
     The definitions in this section apply throughout sections 1 and 2 of this act unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
     (1) "Biodiesel" means a mono alkyl ester of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats for use in compression-ignition engines and that meets the requirements of the American society of testing and materials specification D 6751 in effect as of January 1, 2003.
     (2) "Ultra-low sulfur diesel" means petroleum diesel in which the sulfur content is not more than thirty parts per million.

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