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STATEOFSOUTHDAKOTAOFFICEOFTHEATTORNEYGENERALJune21,2012HonorableDennisDaugaardSouthDakotaGovernor500EastCapitolPierre,SD57501QFFICIALOPINIONNO.12-02
RE:Saleof85OctaneGasoline
DearGovernorDaugaard:YouhaverequestedanofficialopinionfromthisOfficeregardingthefollowingquestion:
QUESTION:
WhetherSouthDakotalawprohibitsthesaleofgasolinewithanantiknockindexratingof85octaneinSouthDakota.
ANSWER:
UndercurrentrulespromulgatedbytheDepartmentofPublicSafety,gasolineorgasoline-oxygenateblends(hereinafter"gasoline")withanantiknockindexratingof85octanemaynotbelegallysoldinthestate.TheNationalInstituteofStandardsandTechnology(NIST)standardsadoptedbytheDepartmentprohibitthesaleofgasolinewithanantiknockindexoflessthan86octane.Thisprohibitiondoesnotconflictwithotherstatutesandadministrativerules,andisthereforecontrolling.
FACTS:
TheDepartmentofPublicSafetyOfficeofWeightsandMeasures(PublicSafetyorDepartment)hasbeeninvestigatingallegedmislabelingofgasolineinSouthDakota.TheinvestigationaroseoutofinformationPublicSafetyreceivedthatgasolinewithanantiknockindexratingof85octanewasbeingsoldunder87octanelabels.
If
true,themislabelingcouldviolatetheantiknockindexlabelingrequirementsofSDCL37-2-13;thePetroleumMarketingAct,15U.S.C.
§
2821etseq.;andrulespromulgatedbytheFederalTradeCommissionin16C.F.R.Part306.DuringPublicSafety'sinvestigation,anissuearoseconcerningthelegalityofsellinggasolinewithanantiknockindexratingof85octane.PublicSafetyhasadvisedthattheuseofgasolinewithanantiknockindexratingbelowlevels
 
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recommendedbymotorvehiclemanufacturersmayresultinalossofengineperformance,and,withlongtermuse,enginedamage.PublicSafetyfurtheradvisedthatforvehiclesmanufacturedafter1984,motorvehiclemanufacturersgenerallyrecommendgasolinewithanantiknockindexratingof87octaneorgreater.Priortoyourrequestforanofficialopinion,PublicSafetyconcludedthatthesaleofgasolinewithanantiknockindexratingof85octanecouldnotbesoldlegallyinthestateundertheNISTstandardstheDepartmentadoptedinaccordancewithstatelaw.PublicSafetydeterminedthattheprohibitionsintheNISTstandardswerenotinconflictwithanyASTMstandardalsoadoptedbytheDepartment,norwithanyotheradministrativeruleorstatestatute.Finally,IamawarethatPublicSafetyiscontemplatingthepromulgationofemergencyand/orpermanentrulesthatwouldallowforthesaleof85octanegasolineinthestate.
INREQUESTION:
SDCLch.37-2regulatesthesaleofpetroleumproductswithintheState.UnderSDCL
§§
37-2-6and37-2-7,theLegislaturedelegatedrule-makingauthoritytotheDepartmenttoestablishstandardsforpetroleumproducts,andtesting.SDCL37-2-6providesinpertinentpart:ThesecretaryoftheDepartmentofPublicSafetymay,pursuanttochapter1-26,andingeneralconformitywithASTMandNISTstandardsineffectonJanuary1,2005,promulgaterules:(4)Establishingstandardssettingthespecificationsandtolerancerequirementsforpetroleumproducts,biodiesel,andbiodieselblends;....SDCL37-2-7provides:SpecificationsandmethodsfortheexaminationandtestofpetroleumproductsshallbejointlydeterminedbytheDivisionofCommercialInspectionandLicensingandthedirectoroftheStateHealthLaboratoryandshallbebaseduponstandardsfortheAmericanSocietyforTestingandMaterialsandtheNationalInstituteforStandardsandTechnologyasofJanuary1,2005.
If
adoptedasrulesofthedivisioninaccordancewiththeprovisionsofchapter1-26,thespecificationsshallbethespecificationsfor
 
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suchpetroleumproductssoldinthisstateandofficialtestsofthepetroleumproductsshallbebasedupontestspecificationssodetermined,adopted,andpromulgated.SDCL37-2-12prohibitsthesaleofgasinviolationofcertainregulations:Nopersonshallsellorkeepandofferforsaleanygasolineorothermotorfuelwhichdoesnotconformastocolorandantiknockcharacteristicscontainedintherulesandregulationsadoptedundertheauthorityof§37-2-7.SDCL37-2-13provides:Eachretaildealerofgasolineorgasoline-oxygenateblendsshallposttheantiknockindexinaccordancewiththeapplicableregulations,containedin16C.F.R.Part306,issuedpursuanttothePetroleumMarketingAct,asamendedthroughJanuary1,2009.Theantiknockindex(AKI)maynotbelessthantheAKIpostedontheproductdispenserorascertifiedontheinvoice,billoflading,shippingpaper,orotherdocumentation.Aviolationofthe§§37-2-5to37-2-13isaClass2misdemeanor.SDCL37-2-16.Privateactionsareauthorized.SDCL37-2-15.SDCL37-2-13regulatesthelabelingrequirementsconcerningantiknockindexratingsforgasolinesoldinthestatebyadoptingfederallaw.Thefederallawmandatesthatagasolineretailerlabeltheantiknockindexofitsgasolineattheoctaneratingcertifiedtotheretailerbythegasolinedistributor.16C.F.R.306.10.
It
doesnotset"minimum"antiknockoctaneratingsthatmustexistforgasolinetobelabeledas"premium"or"regular"or"economy"indexlevels.Federallawonlyrequiresthatthelabelingonthepumpbeaccurate.UnderSDC§37-2-6,37-2-7,and37-2-12,theLegislatureauthorizedPublicSafetytodeterminetheacceptableoctaneratings(antiknockcharacteristics)ofgasolinesoldwithinthestate.UnderSDC§37-2-6and37-2-7,PublicSafetyhaspromulgatedrulesthatadoptNISTandASTMantiknockindexstandardsforgasolinesoldwithinthestate.Pursuanttoitsdelegatedauthority,theDepartmenthasadoptedtworegulationscentraltothisanalysis.ARSD20:01:02:03provides:Exceptwhereinconflictwithexistingcodifiedlaw.oradministrativerule,SouthDakotashallfollowuniformlawsandregulationsadoptedbythe89thNationalConferenceofWeightsandMeasures,2004,astheyappearinNISTHandbook130,2005,withthe

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