BREAKING NEWS: MIRA representatives testified before a sub-committee of the Cuyahoga County Commission and were successful in stopping the passage of the proposal addressing Fuel Quality Testing. The committee decided not to vote on the proposal and rather send it back to the Director to reconsider a number of the provisions in the proposal. We feel we were successful in getting our point of view considered in what will become the final draft of the proposal.
Representatives from MIRA recently testified at a hearing conducted by Cuyahoga County City Council in reference to Fuel Quality Testing. During the testimony, representatives from MIRA made it very clear that if the Legislation would be passed into law, we would not support any type of fee being charged to the Gasoline Retailers. It was also pointed out, in the event the inspectors determined there is an octane violation, retailers would require the product be tested by a certified testing agency to verify the accuracy of the tested product.
MIRA has also been made aware that the City of Columbus, has decided to take another look at the pilot program they originally initiated in 2011, regarding Fuel Quality Testing. During the Columbus 2011 meetings, MIRA testified on several issues related to Fuel Quality Testing and opposed any type of fee that would be charged to a Gasoline Retailer.
MIRA plans on monitoring the Fuel Quality Issue and might also invite MIRA petroleum retailer members to testify on their own behalf as professional business owners.