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Weights and Measures in the News

Measuring stick and metal weights
Credit: Shutterstock/fishman64

Consumer 10 News (Columbus, OH)
Grocery checkout scales, gas pumps tested for accuracy
Highlighting: Nick Griner, Columbus Weights and Measures
March 10, 2023




Gas Station Air Pump
Credit: KOLD News 13

KOLD News 13
Not getting what you pay for? How to file a complaint
By Rebecca Taylor
February 24, 2023




Man pulling receipt from gas pump
Credit: Shannon Fagan /Getty Images

Farm Progress
Highlighting: Weights, Measures and Consumer Protection Division in the Missouri Department of Agriculture
February 22, 2023



A set of small mass standards at the Connecticut Metrology Laboratory sits on display.
Credit: Vincent Gabrielle, CT Insider

CT Insider
CT Laboratory Travels in the Strange World of Weights, Measures and Standard Peanut Butter
Highlighting: Chris David, Connecticut State Metrologist
January 8, 2023




 Marc Paquette, chief metrologist for the Vermont agriculture agency, says the failure rate of new hydrometers has doubled over the past three years.
Credit: The Maple News

The Maple News
Many Syrup Hydrometers Out of Whack, Officials Say
Highlighting: Marc Paquette, Chief Metrologist for the Vermont Agriculture Agency 
January 3, 2023




tanks on the bed of a truck
Credit: Metsa Tanks Inc. via LPGas Magazine

LPGas Magazine
Supply, Labor Challenges Shape Propane Tank Production, Distribution
Highlighting: NIST OWM's 2022 NCWM-NIST National Survey on 20 lb. LPG (Propane) Cylinders
November 14, 2022




Santa checking receipts
Credit: Shutterstock via County News Center

County News Center
Holiday Shopping Has Begun, Be Sure to Check Your Receipts!
November 10, 2022





Tina Butcher speaking
Credit: Fox 13

Fox 13
Why Electric Vehicle Charger Numbers Might Not Add Up
Highlighting: Tina Butcher, NIST OWM 
November 9, 2022



Fuel pump inspection in progress
Credit: Fox 13

Fox 13
Are Utah's Fuel Pumps on the Level?
Highlighting: Utah’s Weights & Measures Office, Miland Kofford
September 21, 2022




Person weighing apples at the grocery store
Credit: TastingTable via Shutterstock

Tasting Table
"Why There Is A Government Agency That Checks Grocery Store Scales"
August 26, 2022




The screen of a gas pump with text below: "is a gallon of gas really a gallon?"
Credit: Kolo 8 News Now

Kolo 8 News Now:
Measurement Standards Verifies a Gallon of Gas Is Really a Gallon
Highlighting: Nevada Department of Agriculture, James Kellames
August 2, 2022




CNN's Margins of Error Podcast Cover
Credit: CNN

CNN's Margins of Error Podcast:
“Why Americans Won’t Give an Inch on Metric”
Highlighting: Elizabeth Benham, NIST OWM
June 7, 2022






Cover image of the Not Past It Podcast
Credit: Spotify

Not Past It Podcast: 
"Pirates of the Metric System"
Highlighting: Elizabeth Benham, NIST OWM
March 23, 2022


Created November 14, 2022, Updated March 13, 2023