EPA: 85% Of Highway Diesel Fuel To Spec

Posted on December 12, 2006

New, cleaner diesel fuel is producing cleaner air, according to preliminary surveys and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Surveys of retail stations since mid-October show that about 85% of highway diesel fuel meets Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) standards, exceeding the 80% regulatory mandate. By 2010, 100% of highway diesel fuel must meet the ULSD standards.

"These results show that we are making significant progress in protecting the environment and public health," said Bill Wehrum, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.

Although almost all pumps contain ULSD, preliminary data indicates that some retail stations have not properly labeled their diesel pumps as such. Proper labeling is critical for consumers to know that they are using the correct fuel for new clean diesel cars and light trucks coming on the market.