New EPA Diesel Fuel Additive Labeling
Required as of June 1, 2006
The EPA slipped one in on the entire aftermarket fuel
additives market this year. They notified some suppliers in April and May of a
requirement published in 2004 that all diesel fuel additives sold after June 1,
2006 be labeled to show whether or not they comply with regulations regarding
Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (S-15). The regulation states that additives used in
ULSD for use in 2007 or newer diesel engined vehicles for on-highway use cannot
contain more than 15 ppm of sulfur.
Many popular and some well respected additives do not
meet the new requirements as they used high sulfur kerosene or other low quality
solvents as the carrier or even as the primary ingredient in their formulations.
This regulation has had a broad effect on both the
wholesale and retail marketplace in that there is a requirement that product in
the distribution channels be relabeled or have additional labeling that complies
with the mandate.
In English, this means that all products on distributor
or store shelves have to be relabeled or labeled. In some cases thousands of
bottles, jugs, pails, drums, and totes have been pulled from inventories and
returned to locations to be labeled as complying or as not complying and then
redistributed. In other cases labels have been sent to distributors and
retailers to do labeling in the field.
Because the regulations that took effect June 1, 2006
are so stringent and the fines are so high for non-compliance it is suggested
that users should contact their suppliers to determine if products in stock
comply with these new regulations.
The products should contain within their label or on a
separate label on the package, statements such the ones below:
?This diesel fuel
additive complies with the federal
ultra-low sulfur content
requirements for use in diesel motor vehicles and
diesel fuel additive does not
comply with federal ultra-low
sulfur content requirements for use in model year 2007
and newer diesel motor vehicles or model year 2011 and
newer diesel non-road equipment engines."
All of the
Enertech Labs, Inc. diesel fuel additives comply with the 2007 requirements.
Those delivered after June 1, 2006 carry the label shown below.
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