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13440. (a) The department shall establish specifications for
automotive spark-ignition engine fuels. The department shall adopt
by reference the latest standards established by a recognized
consensus organization or standards writing organization such as the
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE), for automotive spark-ignition engine
fuel, except that no specification shall be less stringent than
required by any California state law.
(b) Any gasoline-oxygenate blend containing methanol shall also
contain an alcohol cosolvent (butanol or higher molecular weight
alcohol) in an amount equal to or greater than the volume percentage
of methanol except those blends previously granted a waiver by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
(c) Any gasoline-oxygenate blend containing ethanol that complies
with Section 2258 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations,
as it reads on the effective date of the act amending this section
during the 1993-94 Regular Session, or as amended, may exceed the
Reid vapor pressure limits of ASTM D 4814 for the area and season in
which the blend is sold at retail by not more than 6.9 kilopascals
(1.0 pounds per square inch), except the total Reid vapor pressure
shall not exceed 103 kilopascals (15 pounds per square inch).
(d) The antiknock index as defined in Section 13403 for gasoline
and gasoline-oxygenate blends shall not be less than 87.
(e) Gasoline and gasoline-oxygenate blends shall meet the latest
specifications set forth in ASTM D 4814, except that no specification
shall be less stringent than required by any California state law.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, gasoline
sold for use in Inyo or Mono County, or the portion of Kern County
lying east of the Los Angeles County Aqueduct, shall comply with the
latest specification set forth in ASTM D 4814 relating to volatility
class standards for the season during which the gasoline is sold for
either the interior region or the southeast region of California,
except that no specification shall be less stringent than is required
by any California state law.
13440.5. For purposes of determining the percentage of a motor fuel
(including gasohol) which consists of alcohol, the volume of alcohol
includes the volume of any denaturant (including gasoline) which is
added to the extent that these denaturants do not exceed 5 percent of
the volume of the alcohol (including denaturants).
13441. It is unlawful for any person to sell any product as, or
purporting to be, gasoline or automotive spark-ignition engine fuel,
unless the product conforms to the specifications of this article.
13442. It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or
cause or permit to be sold or offered for sale, or deliver or offer
for delivery, any petroleum product as a fuel for internal combustion
engines at any place where petroleum products are kept or stored for
sale, which does not conform to the requirements of this article,
unless and until there shall be firmly attached to or painted upon
each container, receptacle, pump, and inlet end of the fill pipe of
each underground storage tank, from which or into which such
petroleum product is drawn or poured for sale or delivery, a sign or
label, plainly visible, comprising the brand, trademark, or trade
name of such fuel, or the words "no brand," which words shall be in
letters of gothic type with a stroke of not less than one-eighth inch
in width and not less than one inch in height, and also the words
"not gasoline" in red letters of gothic type with a stroke of not
less than one-half inch in width and not less than three inches in
height, on a white background and not less than twice the size of any
other letters or words appearing on or near the label or sign.
The provisions of this article, as to the words "not gasoline,"
shall not apply to signs or labels used in connection with the sale
or delivery of kerosene, jet or turbine fuel, diesel fuel, liquefied
petroleum gas, or motor fuel comprised of a mixture of gasoline and
lubricating oil properly labeled in accordance with the provisions of
Article 9 (commencing with Section 13480).
13443. The sign or label required by this article to be attached to
the inlet end of the fill-pipe of an underground storage tank shall
consist of a tag or plate firmly attached or affixed and plainly
visible while the tank is being filled. The letters on such sign or
label may be of any convenient size.