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AAA RENEWS CALL FOR ALL STATES TO REGULARLY INSPECT GASOLINE

 ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Automobile Association today renewed its request that 22 states start performing regular gasoline inspections to protect motorists against octane fraud and fuel contamination.
 "AAA is requesting 22 state governments begin protecting the one- third of the nation's motorists they represent from gasoline quality problems," said AAA President Paul R. Verkuil.
 "Regular gasoline inspections are needed in each state to ensure the integrity of the nation's fuel supply," Verkuil said. "In many states laws are on the books and need to be enforced. In other states, legislators need to enact inspection programs."
 Verkuil was interviewed on the subject of gasoline quality for the "Dateline NBC" television program to be aired at 10 p.m. EDT today.
 Higher octane gasolines generally cost 10 to 15 cents more per gallon than regular gasoline, AAA said. Because most vehicles do not need mid-grade or premium fuel, the absence of higher octane usually goes undetected by motorists. Contaminated fuel is more apparent, degrading vehicle performance and increasing wear on engine components.
 NBC's television report uncovered an example of motorists being overcharged for gasoline by pumps that incorrectly measure the amount of gasoline being dispensed.
 "All states regulate weights and measures used in commerce, and AAA encourages states to take all appropriate steps to shut down unscrupulous operators," Verkuil said.
 AAA last called for increased gasoline inspections in a news conference on March 1. AAA also called for a federal investigation of octane ratings on gasoline pumps two years ago. A subsequent report by the General Accounting Office found as much as 50 percent of gasoline tested in certain states was two to four octane ratings below the posting on the pump.
 On a gasoline consumption basis, states with the most active testing programs are Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, North Dakota and Maryland, according to a study by the consumer group, Public Citizen.
 In another two years, reformulated gasoline will be required in most major urban areas as states choose this option to comply with Clean Air Act requirements. Regular inspections will be necessary to ensure motorists get the envir said.
 States Without Gasoline Quality Standards or Inspection Programs (A)
 1) Oregon 4) Ohio
 2) Wyoming 5) West Virginia
 3) Kentucky 6) Pennsylvania
 States Not Inspecting Gasoline on a Regular Basis
 1) Idaho 9) Delaware
 2) Montana 10) Rhode Island
 3) South Dakota 11) Massachusetts
 4) Nebraska 12) New Hampshire
 5) Kansas 13) Vermont
 6) Iowa 14) Maine
 7) Texas 15) Alaska
 8) New Jersey 16) Hawaii
 (A) Source: Public Citizen
 -0- 6/29/93
 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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