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Substitute Senate Bill No. 840

Public Act No. 03-122

AN ACT CONCERNING MTBE AS A GASOLINE ADDITIVE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 22a-450a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall, in conjunction with the Northeast Regional Fuels Task Force, develop and implement a plan for the phase-out of the use of MTBE in a manner that will eliminate MTBE as a gasoline additive in gasoline intended for sale to ultimate consumers in this state on and after [October 1, 2003] January 1, 2004, provided the state of New York also requires the elimination of MTBE as a gasoline additive on such date. In the event that the state of New York does not require the elimination of MTBE as a gasoline additive in gasoline on and after January 1, 2004, the commissioner shall develop and implement such phase-out plan that will eliminate MTBE as a gasoline additive on and after July 1, 2004. Not later than January 1, 2001, and annually thereafter through January 1, [2003] 2004, the commissioner shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment on how the elimination of MTBE will be achieved. Each report shall include a progress update on the status of the regional efforts to reduce MTBE levels in gasoline. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person from selling, offering for sale, distributing or blending a motor fuel that contains not more than one-half of one per cent by volume of MTBE.

Approved June 18, 2003