Rule-making notices
Notice of Hearing
(Ch. Comm 48)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to sections 101.02 (1), 168.04 (1), 168.16 (4), and 227.11 (2) (a) of the Statutes, the Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing on proposed rules under chapter Comm 48 relating to petroleum products.
The public hearing will be held as follows:
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Commencing at 10:30 A.M.
Location: Thompson Commerce Center, Third Floor, Room 3C
201 West Washington Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin
Interested persons are invited to appear at the hearing and present comments on the proposed rules. Persons making oral presentations are requested to submit their comments in writing, via e-mail. Persons submitting comments will not receive individual responses. The hearing record on this proposed rulemaking will remain open until October 5, 2005, to permit submittal of written comments from persons who are unable to attend the hearing or who wish to supplement testimony offered at the hearing. E-mail comments should be sent to If e-mail submittal is not possible, written comments may be submitted to Sam Rockweiler, Department of Commerce, Division of Environmental and Regulatory Services, P.O. Box 14427, Madison, WI 53708-0427.
This hearing will be held in an accessible facility. If you have special needs or circumstances that may make communication or accessibility difficult at the hearing, please call Sam Rockweiler at (608) 266-0797 or (608) 264-8777 (TTY) at least 10 days prior to the hearing date. Accommodations such as interpreters, English translators, or materials in audio tape format will, to the fullest extent possible, be made available upon a request from a person with a disability.
Analysis Prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce
1. Statutes interpreted.
Sections 101.02 (1), 168.04 (1) and (3), 168.05, 168.07, 168.10, 168.11 (1), 168.13, 168.14 (2), and 168.16 (4) of the Statutes.
2. Statutory authority.
Sections 101.02 (1), 168.04 (1) and (3), 168.07 (2), 168.16 (4), and 227.11 (2) (a) of the Statutes.
3. Explanation of agency authority.
Under section 101.02 (1) of the Statutes, the Department is required to adopt reasonable rules relative to the exercise of the Department's powers and authorities, and to the mode and manner of its inspections. Under chapter 168 of the Statutes, the Department is responsible for inspection of petroleum products that come into Wisconsin. Chapter 168 requires that these petroleum products meet minimum product-grade specifications as prescribed by rule by the Department; and that the Department's inspections be conducted, so far as applicable, in accordance with the latest standards produced by ASTM International. The Department also has authority under section 227.11 (2) (a) of the Statutes to promulgate rules interpreting any statute that is enforced or administered by the Department, if the rule is considered necessary to effectuate the purpose of the statute.
4. Related statute or rule.
The Department's grade specifications and inspection requirements for petroleum products are contained in chapter Comm 48. The proposed rule changes for Comm 48 are related to rules in chapter Comm 10 that address inventory controls for motor vehicle fuels, and to rules in chapters Comm 10 and 14 that address storage of flammable and combustible liquids.
5. General summary of proposed rules.
The proposed changes for Comm 48 consist primarily of updating it to be consistent with corresponding changes that are being developed for chapters Comm 10 and 14, and with several recently updated national standards for petroleum products and fuel ethanol. The proposed changes also include several clarifications and refinements relating to administration and enforcement by the Department's inspectors.
For example, the current rules require identification of a petroleum product as to its name or grade; and prohibit any mixing of dissimilar fuels, dissimilar octane, or dissimilar grade, that would allow fraudulent fuel sales. The rule revision would expand this prohibition to include virtually any unauthorized mixing of these products. This expansion would improve the Department's ability to verify the inventory control that is required for these products under chapter Comm 10 – because required records of product deliveries could then be directly compared to required records of tank contents and sales volumes, rather than obscured by unknown mixing of fuels with dissimilar grade or dissimilar octane.
The proposed changes for Comm 48 have been developed with assistance from the Department's Petroleum Products Code Advisory Committee. The members of that citizen advisory committee are as follows:
Name   Representing
Don DeMaster   Wisconsin Small Engine Consortium
Robert S. Elvert   Wisconsin Petroleum Council
Curt Heller   Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives
Greg Klimek   Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Tony Wanta   National Petrochemical & Refiners Assn.
Gary Welch   Renewable Fuels Association
Ed Wolf   Petroleum Marketers Assn. of Wisconsin
6. Summary of, and comparison with, existing or proposed federal regulations.
The Federal Trade Commission establishes requirements for accurate automotive fuel ratings, under Title 16 CFR Part 306, which includes criteria for octane ratings, certification, and posting. The proposed rule revisions for Comm 48 do not directly address those requirements, and there are no other existing or proposed federal regulations that address the proposed rule revisions.
7. Comparison with rules in adjacent states.
Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan all have requirements addressing the quality of motor vehicle fuels. An Internet-based search showed that Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan similarly apply the most recent, corresponding standards produced by ASTM International. Minnesota and Illinois were found to similarly collect samples of motor fuels, which are then tested appropriately. This search did not reveal whether any of these States similarly prohibit unauthorized mixing of motor fuels, or whether similar efforts are made to verify inventory controls.
8. Summary of factual data and analytical methodologies.
Expanding the current rules to include prohibition of virtually any unauthorized mixing of motor vehicle fuels, and the resulting ability to better verify inventory controls for these products, is based on the Department's longstanding experience with inspecting these facilities, and on support from the regulated community.
9. Analysis and supporting documents used to determine effect on small business or in preparation of economic impact report.
An economic impact report was not prepared. Consideration of the potential effects on small business was based on federal guidelines produced by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.
10. Detailed summary of proposed rules.
The draft rules include the following substantive changes – and some minor technical revisions, such as renumbering all of the sections.
Comm 48.100 (4) – The included change clarifies that the Department has authority to inspect records, for the purpose of verifying that a facility maintains adequate inventory controls for its petroleum products.
Comm 48.100 (5) – Clarifies that the Department may choose to not investigate minor accidents.
Comm 48.100 (7) (intro.) and 48.300 (10) – Incorporates usage of red tags, into the current Department procedures for stopping sales from noncompliant petroleum storage systems.
Comm 48.100 (7) (c) 6. – Specifies that unauthorized mixing of fuels or fuel grades, as prohibited under Comm 48.590 (1) and (2), is an adequate cause for shutdown of a petroleum storage system.
Comm 48.300 (1) (c) – Adds biofuels to the list of alternative automotive fuels.
Comm 48.300 (3), (5), and (7) – Creates definitions for biofuels, inspection, and motor fuel.
Comm 48.400 – Updates the previously adopted national standards to include the current versions of the standards – and newly adopts ASTM Standards D 1655, 4806, and 5798, for aviation turbine fuels, denatured ethanol fuels, and ethanol fuels, respectively.
Comm 48.500 (1) (d) – Newly requires denatured fuel ethanol and fuel ethanol to comply with ASTM D 4806 and 5798, respectively.
Comm 48.500 (2) (b) – Newly requires aviation turbine fuel to comply with ASTM D 1655.
Comm 48.580 (2) – Adds titles and text to more clearly show how a 100-degree flash point determines whether a fuel must be stored in a labeled, red container, and adds a Note explaining how the construction of these containers will be addressed in chapters Comm 10 and 14.
Comm 48.590 – Consolidates the code's currently prohibited actions into one section – and expands the prohibition against unauthorized mixing, to address all mixing, not just mixing that would allow fraudulent sales. In addition, subsection (1) specifically prohibits mixing a lower grade of petroleum product with a higher-labeled grade unless specifically approved in writing by an inspector; subsection (2) allows other blending of dissimilar octane, or dissimilar grades, if specifically approved in writing by an inspector; subsection (3) clarifies that no one may interfere with an inspector's performance of duties under this code; and subsection (4) clarifies that no one may represent a motor fuel or petroleum product in any manner which conflicts with this code or chapter 168 of the statutes – which would provide a link to the corresponding requirements for biodiesel fuel that are proposed for inclusion in chapter 168, through a draft 2005 bill currently identified as LRB-0240/1.
Comm 48.600 (1) (a) 3. – Deletes sampling and inspection of specialty motor fuels and petroleum products that will not be introduced into the wholesale or retail market stream.
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