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Wisconsin fuel pump inspections streamlined


SUAMICO, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are unveiling their new gas pump inspection services.

During a visit to the Suamico Citgo station Thursday, DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel and Division Administrator Sandy Chalmers introduced the new inspection seal and talked about their streamlined inspection process.

"Instead of having two inspectors doing different processes at two different times, one individual will be able to do all the inspection process at one time," says Secretary Brancel. "It means less inconvenience for owners, more assurance to the public and accountability for us having a date on the inspection sticker."

The most recent state budget consolidated two inspection programs into one under the umbrella of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Brancel says it saves 7-and-a-half jobs in the governmental agency.

The new blue sticker displays the month and year of the latest inspection and a telephone number to call with weights and measures or fuel quality complaints.

"With the new seal, consumers will know exactly when the equipment was tested, which is a big change from our previous system of color-coding the stickers by year," said Chalmers. "Having the weights and measures complaint number prominently placed on the sticker will also be convenient for consumers who have issues with their transactions at the pump or in the store."