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H.F. No. 2741, 1st Engrossment - 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)   Posted on Mar 19, 2012

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to agriculture; extending certain ethanol minimum content dates;
1.3amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 239.791, subdivision 1a.

1.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 239.791, subdivision 1a, is amended to
1.7    Subd. 1a. Minimum ethanol content required. (a) Except as provided in
1.8subdivisions 10 to 14, on August 30, 2013 2016, and thereafter, a person responsible for
1.9the product shall ensure that all gasoline sold or offered for sale in Minnesota must contain
1.10at least the quantity of ethanol required by clause (1) or (2), whichever is greater:
1.11(1) 20 percent denatured ethanol by volume; or
1.12(2) the maximum percent of denatured ethanol by volume authorized in a waiver
1.13granted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
1.14(b) For purposes of enforcing the minimum ethanol requirement of paragraph (a),
1.15clause (1), a gasoline/ethanol blend will be construed to be in compliance if the ethanol
1.16content, exclusive of denaturants and other permitted components, comprises not less than
1.1718.4 percent by volume and not more than 20 percent by volume of the blend as determined
1.18by an appropriate United States Environmental Protection Agency or American Society of
1.19Testing Materials standard method of analysis of alcohol content in motor fuels.
1.20(c) This subdivision expires on December 31, 2012 2015, if by that date:
1.21(1) the commissioner of agriculture certifies and publishes the certification in
1.22the State Register that at least 20 percent of the volume of gasoline sold in the state
1.23is denatured ethanol; or
2.1(2) federal approval has not been granted under paragraph (a), clause (1). The
2.2United States Environmental Protection Agency's failure to act on an application shall not
2.3be deemed approval under paragraph (a), clause (1), or a waiver under section 211(f)(4) of
2.4the Clean Air Act, United States Code, title 42, section 7545, subsection (f), paragraph (4).