EPA encourages low-sulfur delivery ahead of time

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is offering an incentive to diesel refiners and importers to deliver ultra-low sulfur highway diesel earlier than required.

The new rule would allow refiners and importers to claim credit for all ultra-low sulfur diesel delivered into the distribution system before June 1, 2006, rather than just what is sold by that date.

The agency’s final rule was submitted recently for publication in the Federal Register.

In 2001 and 2004, the EPA finalized rules that require the use of lower sulfur diesel beginning in 2006 for highway use and 2007 for off-road use.

The new standards will “yield enormous long-term benefits for public health and the environment,” the EPA announced.