Biosynthetic lubricant mandate

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 28, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) has introduced SB 916, which would effectively ban the sale of lubricating oil in California by January 2017 unless it contains at least 25 percent biosynthetic content. SB 916 would also require state agencies to only purchase oil that meets the new standards one year earlier, January 2016.

The sponsors of the bill tout that their product is biodegradable, burns cleaner in engines providing fewer emissions and more power, require fewer oil changes, and meet all American Petroleum Institute standards.

There are a number of concerns with the bill and the claims, particularly since all production to date has been in very small quantities:

  • Will biosynthetic manufacturers be able to meet the deadlines?
  • What will the actual cost be?
  • Will the raw materials be available to satisfy the new demand if the bill is passed?
  • Will use of this oil void automobile manufacturers’ warranties?
  • Will biosynthetic simply replace recycled oil in the new product, leaving recycled oil homeless?

At this point CMTA does not have a position on the bill, but in the past we have not supported legislation that picks winners and losers in the marketplace. We will discuss this and other legislation with our Environmental Quality Committee on March 7th. If you’d like to join the call, and are a CMTA member, contact Marisa Hull at MHull@cmta.netor 916-498-3321 for more information.

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