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The end of top-off

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

A law went into effect Wednesday making it illegal for gas station attendants to top off a car's gas tank. DEQ sponsored the legislation in an effort to reduce benzene and safeguard the health of residents.

The rule is targeted toward reducing benzene, a carcinogenic chemical that occurs naturally in crude oil and is sometimes used as a gasoline additive. William Knight, a spokesman for DEQ, said refineries in the Northwest will begin removing benzene from gasoline in the coming years but that the new rule will help protect the health of both gas station attendants and customers.

“As the benzene gets taken out of the fuel, that’s going to lessen the impact of that particular pollutant, but we still have organic chlorides and volatile organic compounds, the VOCs, as we call them — just some really nasty stuff that comes from gasoline fumes,” he said.

Read the full article in The Bulletin.



0 #1 proofMarc 2009-07-09 07:06:46
Is their anyone that has died from this, that works at a gas station, due to topping off the tank or at all?  This is a bogas law to create revenue and more unneaded state jobs. We as business people already have to deal with way to many regulations in oregon. minimum wage is so high that I can't give the people that desive it a raise.  It is time to just say no to the state of oregon.
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0 #2 wtfAnnoyed 2009-09-13 09:58:42
I went in to get gas when I had 1/2 a tank the other day and got a lecture that I should wait until I have near empty tank because they can't top of gas anymore...serio usly? I thought topping it off meant it was full and your adding extra.
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