In 1988, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture conducted a statewide survey of fuel quality and determined approximately 30 percent of the samples tested failed to meet either the labeled declarations or the minimum federal standards. That survey confirmed it was time for a change.
The Kerosene and Motor Fuels Quality Inspection Act, T.C.A. 47-18-1301 et seq., was signed into law in 1989. Under this law, the Commissioner of Agriculture is charged with establishing and administering a fuel quality inspection program to ensure that kerosene and motor fuels conveyed for consumption in Tennessee are labeled and posted in accordance with federal and state law. Kerosene and fuels also must meet applicable standards established by ASTM International, one of the world’s most respected standards development organizations.
Within two years of implementation of the program, the overall fuel compliance rate increased to more than 95 percent. In response to market and product changes over time, the Department’s regulations have been updated, amended, and modified to remain current and to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. Tennessee has also taken an active role in the development of standards and model regulations to ensure that our values are reflected in nationally-adopted practices and that quality is consistent across state lines.
With more than 30 successful years of guaranteeing the quality of fuels for our citizens, we are focused on maintaining the highest standards and looking ahead to anticipate changes. Our federal and state partnerships and the knowledge we gain from our own investigations keep us alert and proactive in recognizing emerging trends. The provisions granted by the Kerosene and Motor Fuels Quality Inspection Act give us the confidence to ensure quality now and for many years to come.