December 11, 2006

85 per cent of highway diesel fuel meets EPA standards

Washington, D.C. – New, cleaner diesel fuel in the U.S. is producing cleaner air, according to preliminary surveys and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In surveys done of retail stations since mid-October, about 85 per cent of highway diesel fuel meets Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) standards, which exceeds the 80 per cent regulatory mandate. By 2010, 100 per cent must meet the ULSD standards.

ULSD fuel has 97 per cent less sulphur than diesel fuel produced in previous years. Under EPA’s clean diesel programs, the new fuel, combined with new engine emission control technology that takes effect next year, is expected to prevent nearly 20,000 premature deaths, and tens of thousands of cases of respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma.

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