N.J. DEP toughens sulfur rules to improve air qualityAug 31st, 2010 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news | Category: Pollution
A new maximum sulfur content standard of 500 parts per million for home heating oil and lighter grade fuel oil will take effect on July 1, 2014, and a second phase of more stringent standards to reduce sulfur to 15 parts per million will take effect on July 1, 2016. That is down from current maximums of 2,000 to 3,000 parts per million.
The new rules would reduce sulfur content by 99 percent from current levels by 2016, and help New Jersey meet federal air quality standards it currently violates. Some industry experts have predicted that the rules could increase fuel costs by up to 9 cents a gallon, but that would be offset by lower medical costs from fewer asthma attacks and by lower maintenance costs for home furnaces.