Pump Labeling Requirements

Following FTC regulations at your operation.

In every state, biodiesel can be blended with traditional petroleum diesel up to 5 percent. At this B5 blend level, the fuel still meets the ASTM D975 fuel specification and does not require any additional labeling at the pump. Once retailers begin to sell blends from B6 to B20, labeling is required.

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Labeling is good for business — and it’s the law.

Clearly posting prices and diesel grades is a critical part of selling biodiesel. Biodiesel pump label requirements provide an opportunity to easily and clearly integrate biodiesel blended fuels. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates biodiesel pump labeling within four categories:

B1–B5 Biodiesel

  • No pump label is required.
  • Biodiesel blended fuels up to B5 perform as well and are handled the same as straight diesel fuel.
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B6–B20 Biodiesel

  • One pump label is required for all blend amounts between B6 and B20.
  • In some states, retailers that switch blends within the range are required to specifically note the blend (B8, B10, B11, etc.).
  • B6 to B20 blend ranges can be tested for combined fuel quality using the ASTM D7467 method.
B-21

B20+ Biodiesel

  • Pump label is required.
  • Label states the blend in the header and with the text “contains more than 20% biodiesel” below. 
B-100

B100 Biodiesel

  • Pump label is required if sold at retail. 

Biodiesel pump labels are available for sale from many state petroleum marketer associations.

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