[Vwdiesel] EPA waives diesel sulfur requirementsMark LaPlante laplante at mac.com
Wed Aug 31 14:23:02 EDT 2005
At lunch today, I heard the EPA secretary announcing he was going to waive the sulfur level requirements for diesel fuel (and gasoline volatility, but that's OT) until September 15th for 4 states including mine. Think I will notice any effects if I end up running some "high sulfur" fuel? As an update to my last post, I found another route to work that is mostly 55 mph with not as much hill climbing and my mileage went up to around 43 mpg (US). Going to check out the air filter next. Diesel is still $2.49 on top of the mountain in Grant, AL, but on my way to work I observed a 23 cent spread in gas prices (some possibly due to taxation differences). Mark http://www.wastenews.com/headlines2.html?id=1125506739 *EPA waives gas emission rules along hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast* Aug. 31 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to temporarily ease restrictions on gasoline sales along the portion of the Gulf Coast ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in an effort to avert a severe fuel shortage. The fuel waiver for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi will allow stations to sell gasoline that does not meet local emissions requirements. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson said the hurricane created an "extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstance," that gasoline suppliers could not have foreseen. The waiver will allow for the sale of gasoline meeting a Reid Vapor Pressure standard of 9 pounds per square inch in areas where a lower RVP is required. In addition, the EPA will waive a motor vehicle diesel fuel standard requiring no more than 500 parts per million of sulfur. The waiver will continue through Sept. 15, 2005 - the end of the high-ozone period. However, retail outlets, wholesalers and consumers may continue using the higher sulfur diesel fuel they have on hand after Sept. 15 until the supplies are depleted, according to the EPA.
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