Gas quality law to take effect in PA

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 17, 2012 8:02 AM

(Undated) -- A law that takes effect later this year aims to improve the quality of gasoline at Pennsylvania's pumps.

The measure requires random, unnanounced testing of octane levels at gas stations statewide.

AAA Mid Atlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says the commonwealth was one of only three states in the union without a gas testing law.

"There were instances in New Jersey, where they already have that gas quality law, where certain stations were cited because the pumps were tested, and they were cited because they were found to have improper blends or contaminated gasoline," Robinson says. "It's happened in other states, as well."

Robinson says the state or county weights and measures seal on a gas pump only certifies that it dispenses the correct amount of fuel.

Those departments do not currently check the quality of gas.

Governor Corbett signed the bill last week.

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