EPA ULSD Dispenser Labeling Requirement
Global believes in taking that extra step to help keep our Diesel One customers informed and provided with the most current technical information regarding diesel fuel modifications and diesel fuel regulations.
With ULSD being brought into the marketplace by September of this year, a very important diesel fuel pump labeling mandate will be at our doorstep sooner than the actual ULSD will be in your tanks. The new diesel pump labeling requirements will take effect on June 1, 2006 and expire on September 30, 2010, at which time all diesel fuel manufactured in the United States will be required to be at the 15-ppm maximum sulfur content.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has mandated that all diesel fuel dispensers dispensing on-road ULSD, on-road 500ppm LSD or off-road diesel fuel shall be identified according to the rules and regulations defined by the EPA. See Title 40: Protection of Environment, Part 80-Regulation Of Fuels And Fuel Additives, Subpart 1- Motor Vehicle Diesel Fuel, Labeling Requirements, 40 CFR 80.570. This requirement applies to “any retailer or wholesale purchaser-consumer who sells, dispenses, or offers for sale or dispensing, motor vehicle diesel fuel” subject to the EPA’s 15-ppm or 500-ppm sulfur standards. A “retailer” of diesel fuel is any person who owns, leases, operates, controls, or supervises a retail outlet at which diesel fuel is sold or offered for sale for use in motor vehicles. A “wholesale purchaser-consumer” of diesel fuel is any organization that is an ultimate consumer of diesel fuel, which purchases or obtains diesel fuel from a supplier for use in motor vehicles, and receives delivery of that product into a storage tank of at least 550-gallon capacity that is substantially under the control of that organization
As of June 1, 2006, labels must be affixed on all diesel fuel dispenser pumps. These labels must be in block letters of no less than 24 font (bold), printed in a color contrasting with the background, and affixed on the upper 2/3 of the dispenser pump, where they will be clearly visible. The required text of the new dispenser pump labels is as follows:
Highway Fuel Pump Labels
Ultra Low Sulfur Highway Diesel Fuel (15-ppm Sulfur Maximum)
Required for use in all model year 2007 and later highway diesel vehicles and engines. Recommended for use in all diesel vehicles and engines.
Low-Sulfur Highway Diesel Fuel (500-ppm Sulfur Maximum)
Federal law prohibits use in model year 2007 and later highway vehicles and engines. Its use may damage these vehicles and engines.
Off-Road Pump Labels
Non-Highway Diesel Fuel (May exceed 500-ppm Sulfur)
Federal Law prohibits use in any highway vehicle or engine. Its use may damage these vehicles and engines.
Non-compliance or misrepresentation of the labeling mandate could evoke possible civil penalties of up to $32,500.00 per day per violation.
To view sample diesel pump decals, visit OPIS at www.opisnet.com/market/decalulsd.asp or the American Petroleum Institute at www.clean-diesel.org.
If you should have any questions regarding the new requirements, please feel free to give Duane McLevedge a call at 800-685-7222 or email him at .
NOTE: Global Partners LP, its operating subsidiaries Global Companies LLC and Global Montello Group Corp., and Mr. McLevedge do not purport to give you legal advice, and the above article is not a substitute for seeking the advice of legal counsel with respect to how the new regulations may affect you and your business.