Retailers Must Sell Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel

The remainder of the country is under mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin selling the ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) by October 15. The move to use of the new fuel is a major step toward reducing engine emissions and is of great importance in the transportation of freight in the country.

As the Diesel Technology Forum points notes, 94% of all goods shipped by truck, train, boat and barge do so using diesel power. The organization says that nearly 90% of all commercial trucks in the U.S. are diesel powered. Railroads operate approximately 20,000 locomotives, all of which are run by diesel. Ocean-going container ships are powered by large diesels and tugs that move barges are diesel-powered.

On June 1, the U.S. refining industry began shifting 80% of its diesel production to ULSD to meet the EPA regulations. It estimates that $8 billion has been spent in order to make the switch. On-road large trucks are required to use newer, lower-emission engines beginning with the 2007 model year. Combined with the use of ULSD, the significant reduction in emissions of soot and nitrogen oxides will greatly benefit the environment.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.