Mississippi

Current Regulations: ASTM D 4814 for gasoline is included in Reg. No. 8, enforced by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Bureau of Regulatory Services, Petroleum Products Inspection Division. See MS Code section 75-55.

In a memo dated 11/17/04, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce announced that MS will not enforce the diesel lubricity standard in ASTM D 975 prior to January 1, 2006.

In a letter dated 9/11/08, EPA waived the summer RVP gasoline requirements throughout the state to address a fuel supply emergency caused by tropical storms and hurricanes.

In a letter dated 9/4/12, EPA waived low RVP gasoline requirements through Sept. 15 as a result of Hurricane Isaac and allowed 11.5 psi RVP gasoline if supplies of low RVP gasoline are not available.

In a multi-state letter dated 8/30/17, to address a fuel supply emergency caused by Hurricane Harvey, EPA allowed 11.5 psi RVP gasoline to be sold throughout the state through September 15. This was affirmed in another multi-state waiver dated 8/31/17. 

Legislature: Introduced in January 2001, HB 1 would ban MTBE in gasoline effective 7/1/01. Introduced in January 2002, HB 202 would ban MTBE effective 7/1/02. Introduced in January 2003, HB 162 would ban MTBE effective 7/1/03. HB 28, introduced in January 2004, would ban MTBE effective 7/1/04.HB 103, introduced in January 2005, would ban MTBE effective 7/1/05. Introduced in January 2006, HB 42 would ban MTBE effective 7/1/06.

Introduced in January 2006, SB 2151 would require that all diesel fuel contain at least 2 vol% biodiesel after 7/1/08, except for railroad locomotives and off-road equipment and machinery. HB 1043 and SB 2942, introduced in January 2006, would require that all diesel fuel contain at least 2 vol% biodiesel after 30 or more days have passed since the MS Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce announcedthat the annual capacity in MS for the production of biodiesel exceeds 8 million gallons and 18 months have passed since the MS Commissioner of Agriculture announced that a federal action has reduced the price of at least 2% biodiesel by at least 2 cents/gallon, with exceptions for railroad locomotives and taconite and copper mining equipment and machinery. SB 2942 was amended to only create a Study Committee on the Potential Use of Biodiesel Fuel, and amended SB 2942 was approved by the Governor on 4/24/06.

HB 253, introduced in January 2008, would require 10 vol% agriculturally derived denatured ethanol in all gasoline (except for racecourses and premium grade octane gasoline) within 12 months after MS ethanol production capacity exceeds 250 million gallons by 2011.

Introduced in January 2009, HB 945 would require 10 vol% agriculturally derived denatured ethanol in all gasoline (except for racecourses and premium grade octane gasoline) within 12 months after MS ethanol production capacity exceeds 250 million gallons by 2011. HB 1536 (Agriculture Committee's substitute was passed by the House on 2/10/09) would require suppliers of gasoline to terminals, refiners and processors to offer unblended gasoline for sale to distributors and retailers suitable for subsequent blending with fuel alcohol if the contract is executed after July 1, 2009.

HB 318, introduced in January 2010, would require suppliers of gasoline to termiminals and refiners to offer unblended gasoline suitable for subsequent blending with fuel alcohol (except terminals that only offer RFG) for contracts executed after 7/1/10. Introduced in January 2010, HB 1394 would require suppliers of gasoline to provide unblended gasoline suitable for blending with fuel alcohol and to require a distributor to indemnify and hold harmless a supplier against any losses or damages relating to or arising out of the blending. 

Last updated August 2017