Stphane Dion, Minister of the Environment, announced a draft regulation to significantly reduce sulphur levels in diesel fuel used for rail, marine and off-road purposes (construction, agricultural and industrial equipment) on October 13, 2004.
The new regulations, which match U.S. requirements, would provide a significant reduction in sulphur in diesel levels from the current unregulated level to 500 parts per million by 2007 and 15 parts per million by 2012 — a 99 per cent reduction in eight years.
These proposed regulatory measures, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, October 8, 2004 for a 60-day public comment period. They are expected to become final in early 2005 and come into affect in 2007.
“These measures are part of our overall agenda for making fuels and vehicles cleaner,” said Minister Dion. “We need the cleaner fuels for the cleaner engines planned for North America. These regulatory measures are being put in place to protect human health and the environment.”
Since 2001, Canada has implemented regulations to cut down engine emissions of many pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds that come from on and off road vehicles, small and large engines and the fuels that power them.
For further information, contact Andr Lamarre, Communications Director, Office of the Minister of the Environment at 819-997-1441.