Bio-Based Products Purchasing – Iowa

Date: 12 Jan 2009 | posted in: agriculture, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A 1998 Iowa law required state agencies to give soy-based hydraulic fluid a purchasing preference. In April 2000, this law was amended to include a preference for greases and other industrial lubricants as well as hydraulic fluids. Soy is still the raw material of choice. In addition, the new law also removes two prerequisites for the purchasing preference: one said that the lubricant must be within the agency’s budget, and the other that the lubricant must be consistent with the manufacturer’s specifications for the equipment.

 


Iowa Statutes 2007 §8A.316 Lubricants and oils – preferences.

The department shall do all of the following:

1.Develop its procedures and specifications for the purchase of lubricating oil and industrial oil to eliminate exclusion of recycled oils and any requirement that oils be manufactured from virgin materials.

2. Require that purchases of lubricating oil and industrial oil be made from the seller whose oil product contains the greatest percentage of recycled oil, unless one of the following circumstances regarding a specific oil product containing recycled oil exists:

a. The product is not available within a reasonable period of time or in quantities necessary or in container sizes appropriate to meet a state agency’s needs.

b. The product does not meet the performance requirements or standards recommended by the equipment or vehicle manufacturer, including any warranty requirements.

c. The product is available only at a cost greater than one hundred five percent of the cost of comparable virgin oil products.

3.Establish and maintain a preference program for procuring oils containing the maximum content of recycled oil. The preference program shall include but is not limited to all of the following:

a. The inclusion of the preferences for recycled oil products in publications used to solicit bids from suppliers.

b. The provision of a description of the recycled oil procurement program at bidders’ conferences.

c. Discussion of the preference program in lubricating oil and industrial oil procurement solicitations or invitations to bid.

d. Efforts to inform industry trade associations about the preference program.

4.a. Provide that when purchasing hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants, the department or a state agency authorized by the department to directly purchase hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants shall give preference to purchasing bio-based hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants manufactured from soybeans.

b. Provide for the implementation of requirements necessary in order to carry out this subsection by the department or state agency making the purchase, which shall include all of the following:

(1) Including the preference requirements in publications used to solicit bids for hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants.

(2) Describing the preference requirements at bidders’ conferences in which bids for the sale of hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants are sought by the department or authorized state agency.

(3) Discussing the preference requirements in procurement solicitations or invitations to bid for hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants.

(4) Informing industry trade associations about the preference requirements.

c. As used in this subsection, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Bio-based hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants” means the same as defined by the United States department of agriculture, if the department has adopted such a definition. If the United States department of agriculture has not adopted a definition, “bio-based hydraulic fluids, greases, and other industrial lubricants” means hydraulic fluids, greases, and other lubricants containing a minimum of fifty-one percent soybean oil.

(2) “Other industrial lubricants” means lubricants used or applied to machinery.

History: 2003 Acts, ch 145, §35; 2005 Acts, ch 19, §10

Iowa Statutes 2007 §262.25B Purchase of bio-based hydraulic fluids , greases, and other industrial lubricants.

Thestate board of regents and institutions under the control of the board purchasing hydraulic fluids , greases, and other industrial lubricants shall give preference to purchasing bio-based hydraulic fluids , greases, and other industrial lubricants as provided in section 8A.316 .

History: 98 Acts, ch 1082, §5; 2000 Acts, ch 1109, §5; 2003 Acts, ch 145, §232

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