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Regulation Governing the Oxygenation of Gasoline [2 VAC 5 ‑ 480]
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Description The regulation is for the purpose of complying in this Commonwealth with any oxygenation requirements specified by the Federal Clean Air Act or any other federal environmental requirement pertaining to motor fuels. The 1990 Amendments to the Federal Clean Air Act require states with carbon monoxide nonattainment areas with design values of 9.5 parts per million (ppm) or more, to implement an oxygenated gasoline program in all such designated areas. This oxygen content requirement applies during the portion of the year in which the areas are prone to high ambient concentrations of carbon monoxide. The Environmental Protection Agency has established this control period, which is a specified four months out of twelve; in Virginia this control period will begin on November 1 of one year and continue through the end of February of the following year. The regulation: (1) designates carbon monoxide nonattainment areas; (2) designates the control area and the control period; (3) specifies a minimum oxygenate content in gasoline during the control period; (4) requires records be kept of the type of oxygenate; (5) requires gasoline pump labeling; (6) specifies methods of sampling, testing, and oxygen content calculations; and (7) specifies means of compliance and methods of enforcement.
State Authority Sections 59.1-153 and 59.1-156 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The assurance that all gasoline consumed in the northern Virginia portion of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area, from November 1 of each year through the last day of February of the following year, contains no less than 2.7 percent oxygenate by weight.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Gary Milton  / Program Manager, Office of Weights and Measures
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
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Telephone: (804)786-1274    FAX: (804)786-1571    TDD: (800)828-1120
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1/5/2021 Completed Retain As Is
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2/15/2000 Completed Retain As Is