EPA Will Delay Retail Compliance Date for Ultra-Sulfur Diesel
– To facilitate the transition to the ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel, the EPA announced plans to issue a rule later this year to delay the compliance date for the retail sale of ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel next year, according to Fleet Focus,
the e-mail newsletter produced by the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).The action will shift the retail compliance date from September 1 to October 15, 2006, to allow more time for terminals and retail outlets to comply with the 15 ppm ULSD standard. During this extended transition period, diesel fuel meeting a 22 ppm level can be marketed as ULSD downstream in order to speed the transition. This action is intended to ensure nationwide transition to 15 ppm ULSD prior to the introduction of new clean diesel trucks and buses, according to NAFA.