New York State is legally obligated to regulate fuels under US EPA guidelines. DEC's principal mobile source fuel programs are:
- Control of gasoline volatility
- Oxygenated gasoline
- Reformulated gasoline
- Low-sulfur diesel fuel
- Gasoline vapor recovery
DEC is also actively working on future fuel programs to reduce ozone and to abate diesel particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions, and to assess and limit adverse health effects from exposure to fuels and associated combustion products in both air and water.
Fuel programs usually have a short initiation period and immediately cause emission reductions in all vehicles. In most cases, these emission reduction benefits from cleaner fuels extend to engines in non-mobile applications (lawn and garden, boats, stationary engines). The consumer may also benefit from greater engine durability and save money by using less fuel.
More about Fuel Programs:
- Policy DAR-3: Alternative Fuels - This document provides guidance for permitting existing stationary combustion installations requesting to fire non-hazardous (as defined in Part 371 Identification and Listing of Hazardous Wastes) solid waste materials.
- Policy DAR-4: Fuel Mixture Provisions - This policy explains the use of the fuel mixture variance provisions of Subpart 225-1
- Policy DAR-6: Nitrogen in Fuel - This document provides information required to develop emission factors for boilers.