RAPID CITY ? Just one week into emergency rules that have made 85-octane gasoline legal to sell in South Dakota, many area stores have yet to post mandatory warning labels on their pumps for motorists, cautioning them to refer to their owner?s manual before filling up, the Rapid City Journal reports.
Since July 9, stations selling 85-octane have been required to post a label warning that the sub-grade fuel could damage engines.
"The Office of Weights and Measures is making it a priority for inspectors to check for proper labeling and paperwork for compliance with the emergency rules, although not to the extent that they are expected to drop all other inspection responsibilities," said Terry Woster, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety (DPS), which contains Weights and Measures.
Woster did not say whether he would begin assessing fines for non-compliance, and the emergency rules do not detail repercussions.
"When our inspectors are at a station, they try to educate the retailer there about the requirements of the rules and what is expected of the retailer," he said.
South Dakota recently declared the sale of 85-octane to be illegal, though DPS wrote an emergency rule allowing its sale while the public comments on proposed permanent rules.
Kim Benne, owner of Graffitti?s Car Wash which has 85-octane pumps, said he spent roughly $2 per label and displays them on his pumps.
"The warning labels are fine," Benne said. "If that is what (the state) wants to do."