WASHINGTON – Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waived the requirement for highway diesel fuel to be free of dye in Florida. This waiver applies to utility, emergency response and other diesel-powered highway vehicles responding to/assisting in recovery efforts in the panhandle area of Florida, through October 26, 2018.
The agency issued the waiver “to minimize or prevent disruptions to the supply of fuel for emergency response vehicles. … Under this waiver, the EPA will allow the sale, distribution and use of red-dyed NRLM [nonroad, locomotive and marine] diesel fuel in the State of Florida for use in emergency response vehicles.”
The waiver did note a few restrictions: “Diesel fuel distributed under this waiver may not be introduced into terminal storage tanks from which diesel is dispensed into trucks for distribution to retail outlets after October 26, 2018. Any diesel meeting the conditions of this waiver that is stored in terminal storage tanks for distribution to retail outlets and wholesale purchaser consumers in Florida on October 26, 2018, may be distributed and sold until the supply is depleted. Likewise, retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers in the State may continue selling or dispensing diesel fuel that meets the conditions of this waiver after October 26, 2018, until their supplies are depleted.”