U.S. EPA Nonroad & Sanitary Emissions Regulations
Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Act, Title II
40 FCR 80, Title 40: Protection of Environment, Part 80: Regulation of Fuels & Fuel Additives
Effective 10-1-10 (unless you have applied for a six-month extension), EPA New Source Performance Standards required that fuel sulfur levels in non-road diesel fuel be reduced to 15ppm on equipment manufactured after June 12, 2006. Equipment purchased before this date can continue using high sulfur fuel but only ultra low sulfur fuel will be available starting in 2014. According to the EPA, the reduction will create immediate and significant environment and health benefits and will enamble the use of new, high efficiency emission-control devices on on-road engines. The rule culminates a multi-year phase in period lowering sulfur contents more than 99 percent.
What does this mean for you?
When ULTRA LOW SULFUR DIESEL was introduced into highway fuel in 2006, users were able to blend existing inventories with loads of diesel fuel containing 15ppm sulfur to gradually decrease the levels of sulfur. The ratio used was three to one (three parts ULSD to one part existing inventory) with a minimum of five tank truck loads.
Since inventory turnover on generator fuel is minimal, this blending method will not achieve the same results. In order to become compliant with NSPS, generator tanks will need to be emptied, cleaned, and refilled.
Any person who violates these regulations shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not more than the sum of $25,000 for every day of such violation and the amount of economic benefit or savings resulting from the violation.
With that in mind, PRS has structured an ULSD Tank Conversion Program for our customers.
As part of the program, PRS will empty your tanks, dispose of the fuel, clean the interior of the tank, and prep it for an ULSD shipment. In an effort to recoup the value of your existing inventory, PRS will market the material to the secondary recycling fuels market. Pricing may vary due to quantity and quality of the fuel.