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News Release    

April 18, 2005      


County Upgrades Equipment for Better Consumer Protections

Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today new and more efficient equipment to test gasoline octane ratings was put into use in Dutchess County, enabling the County to better serve residents. 

County Executive Steinhaus stated, “Over 120 million gallons of gasoline are sold in Dutchess County each year. At present prices, our residents spend approximately $250 million dollars for gasoline.” 

Steinhaus noted, “To better ensure consumers get what they pay for, the County purchased equipment that examines gasoline for correct octane ratings and for presence of harmful MTBE’s.  It also ensures the gasoline is up to the correct specifications. With the new equipment these tests can be performed in only 30 seconds.” 

Nelson Kranker, Director of the Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs said, “This handheld gasoline analyzer can be brought to the gasoline station for random testing, or in response to a consumer complaint. The laboratory analysis required for the random samples may take up to 10 to 15 days for results.”  

Additional testing equipment was received and is being used to ensure the correct amounts of gasoline are delivered to the consumer. The equipment also increases productivity by reducing inspection times, another productivity gain allowing the department to continue with the same number of personnel as in 1984 while taking on more consumer protection responsibilities.  The County Executive added, "We are always interested in using technology to increase services and better assist our residents without expanding county government."



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