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Summer Gas Rules Designed to Reduce Smog Take Effect Sunday

Measures will prevent 28 tons of smog-causing compounds from being released into the atmosphere per day, state officials say.

Summer gas rules take effect in eight southeast Michigan counties Sunday. (Patch file photo)
Summer gas rules take effect in eight southeast Michigan counties Sunday. (Patch file photo)
Ozone monitoring will return to eight counties in Southeast Michigan as extra measures are implemented to lower smog levels in the area.

Effective Sunday, June 1, 2014, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties must only sell or dispense gas that does not exceed 7.0 pounds per square inch (psi) vapor pressure.

Additionally, with summer gas prices on the rise, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's (MDARD) inspectors are inspecting gas pumps to ensure motorists are getting what they pay for at the pump.

"Michigan has approximately 100,000 gas pumps and it's our charge to make sure those pumps are dispensing both the correct quantity and the proper quality of gas every time someone gets gas. Every penny counts when you are filling your tank," said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. "Also, the lower vapor pressure in the eight counties selling the summer-formula gasoline will prevent over 28 tons of smog-causing compounds from being released into the atmosphere per day. Smog can be especially harmful to individuals with respiratory difficulties such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases."

Not only are MDARD inspectors out enforcing Michigan's Weights and Measures Acts for accurate dispensing of gas, but the department is also responsible for enforcing ozone protection measures in accordance with Michigan's Motor Fuel Quality Act, Public Act 44 of 1984. This program was introduced in 1996, and decreases volatile compounds in the air by using gasoline that is slower to evaporate, benefitting the health of Michigan’s consumers.

To prevent gasoline from being sold that violates the ozone limits, MDARD inspectors will collect vapor pressure samples during the summer gas season which runs June 1 through September 15.

Want to know how MDARD inspect gas pumps for accuracy? Check out our video atwww.youtube.com/MIAgriculture

Anyone who suspects problems at the pump is encouraged to call MDARD's 24-hour hotline for reporting complaints, 1-800-MDA-FUEL (1-800-632-3835).

For additional information on gas pricing visit one of the following websites www.michigan.gov/gasprices or www.michigan.gov/gasolinecorner.

Dave Duncanson June 02, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Both parties are in Wall Street wallets. Nothing short of massive public unrest will force change. Our political system has been replaced by an economic system: unfettered Capitalism. Capitalism with limits and regulations is fine. No limits = massive profit grabs, decline of the middle class (the REAL job creators) and a declining nation. Sound familiar?
Robert June 06, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Suzanne, Kristin, if you don't like the oil companies then stop driving your car, stop using makeup, stop using any product which has plastic in it. Stop using soap, cleaners, natural gas to heat your house, your hot water, power plants. Stop buying environmentally friendly bamboo floors which use petroleum based polymers fir binding the strands. Stop fertilizing plants crops, anything. Never upset anything which requires lubrication like the wheel, or anything that might rust or oxidize. In short move to the open tundra and sit in the dark.
T as in Truth June 07, 2014 at 04:43 AM
Kristin - What did the coke bros do to you?

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