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B5 Notification Letter
February 1, 2011
 
To:       Retail Dealers, Nonretail Dealers, and Wholesale Dealers of Diesel Fuel in the State of Oregon.
 
NOTICE:  Minimum Biodiesel Blending Requirement Increases to 5% By Volume (B5) Effective April 1, 2011.
 
If you are a retail dealer, nonretail dealer (e.g., card lock), or a wholesale dealer (e.g., fuel loading terminal or fuel distributor) of diesel fuel in the State of Oregon, this rule affects you.
 
Oregon's in-state biodiesel production capacity has reached at least 15 million gallons on an annualized basis.  In compliance with Oregon's Renewable Fuel Standard [Ref. Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 646.921 and ORS 646.922], effective April 1, 2011, all diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Oregon must contain a minimum of 5% by volume biodiesel, creating a B5 biodiesel blend, except for 1) railroad locomotives, 2) marine engines, and 3) home heating applications.
 
Important Information That Affects You:
 
Quality Specifications.  Biodiesel blends through 5% by volume biodiesel are required to comply with the same specifications as petroleum diesel fuel, ASTM International D975.
 
Delivery Documentation.  The delivery documentation is required to identify the specific volume percent of biodiesel blended with the petroleum diesel.  An example of a sufficient statement for a 5% biodiesel blend is, "B5 Biodiesel Blend", in addition to all of the other required information on the documentation.  This is to certify the volume percent of biodiesel that is blended into the diesel fuel. 
 
Dispenser Labeling Requirements.  If the fuel is a 5% or less biodiesel blend, then no additional dispenser ("pump") labeling is required. 
 
We sincerely appreciate everyone's consideration and cooperation as Oregon goes through this transition and increases its use of renewable fuels.
 
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the ODA Weights and Measures Program at 503-986-4670 or e-mail at msd-info@oda.state.or.us
 
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