Section 8-17-81

Determination and adoption of standards and methods of tests; promulgation of rules; effect of prior standards.

(a) The Board of Agriculture and Industries shall have the power and duty to:

(1) Determine and adopt standards of minimum specifications for petroleum products, and the various classifications and kinds thereof, as to safety, purity, freedom from objectionable substances, distillation tests, heat-producing qualities, fire tests, and efficiency which are not inconsistent with the specifications for the same products that are published from time to time by the United States Department of Commerce; and

(2) Make changes from time to time in such standards, all as the board may deem necessary to provide for the public safety and to provide that such petroleum products are satisfactory and efficient for the purposes for which they may be sold, offered for sale, stored, or used in the state; provided, that such standards shall not be adopted or altered by the board until after a specified date when any person in interest may appear before the board with reference to such standards.

(b) The Board of Agriculture and Industries shall prescribe the methods of tests to be used in determining whether or not petroleum products are in compliance with such standards as shall be adopted as authorized in this section. Any testing and analysis required to be performed may be performed as provided in Section 2-2-33.

(c) The Board of Agriculture and Industries shall have authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to secure the safe handling of petroleum products and other such rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this division as in the judgment of the board may be necessary to the proper enforcement of this division.

(d) The standards of minimum specifications heretofore promulgated by the Board of Agriculture and Industries pursuant to authorization in either Article 21 of Chapter 1 of Title 2 of the Code of Alabama of 1940, or Division 2 of Article 26 of Chapter 1, shall constitute the standards of minimum specifications applicable under this division until such time as the board shall adopt standards pursuant to the provisions of this division.

(Acts 1971, No. 1403, p. 2363, §5; Act 2015-262, §2.)