Proposed Rulemaking: Lower Sulfur Content in Fuel Oil

Proposed Rulemaking: Lower Sulfur Content in Fuel Oil

Jul 30, 2019
A proposal has been put forth to lower the sulfur content for No. 2 and lighter commercial fuel oil from the current limit of 500 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur to 15 ppm.  This fuel type is generally sold for and used in residential and commercial furnaces and oil heat burners for home or space heating, water heating, or both. 
The Pennsylvania DEP Environmental Quality Board (EQB) published this proposed rulemaking notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on July 6, 2019. Click here to see the proposed rulemaking notice.
This proposed rulemaking will allow DEP to address issues of regional haze and visibility impairment in efforts to improve urban and rural areas of the Commonwealth. The proposed compliance date of the rulemaking is 60 days after publication of the rulemaking in its final form. 
Affected entites of this proposed rulemaking would apply to the owner and operator of a refinery, pipeline, terminal, distributor, carrier or retail outlet fuel storage facility that produces, conveys, stores or sells No. 2 and lighter commercial fuel oil.  There are 128 fuel oil terminal operations and 684 distributors of petroleum products in the state of Pennsylvania; however, not all operations handle No. 2 and lighter commercial fuel oil. 
Pennsylvania DEP is accepting public comments, suggestions, support or objections regarding this proposed rulemaking until September 9, 2019.  Comments may be submitted using DEP's eComment portal