Effective July 31, 2013, the state of Massachusetts is increasing the excise rates on gasoline and on-road diesel fuel. There will be a three cent increase on these fuels, taking the excise tax from $0.21 per gallon to $0.24 per gallon.
A new heavy duty diesel engine oil (HDDEO) specification is being formulated to debut in January 2016. The new spec will help engine manufacturers meet coming federal standards for improved fuel economy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in model year 2014 – 2018 diesel engines. The new oil category is currently called PC-11, which stands for Proposed Category 11. The … Continue reading New Heavy Duty Lubricant to be Developed
IRS fines for incorrect or missing labels are significant. The IRS requires all dyed diesel and dyed kerosene dispensers to have a specific label indicating that the fuel is for nontaxable use only. The labeling requirement has been in place for diesel dyed diesel dispensers since 1993 and for dyed and clear kerosene dispensers since 1998. The IRS has recently … Continue reading IRS Continues to Levy Hefty Fines for Failure to Display Dispenser Tax Labels
Formulation of a consistently top quality diesel fuel for use in the Northeastern United States is an ongoing challenge. Several years ago when on-highway diesel fuel was reformulated to meet the EPA’s low sulfur requirements, many diesel marketers encountered fuel operability problems. The de-sulfurization process left the diesel fuel lacking the lubricity needed to keep fuel pumps operating properly. Cold … Continue reading Today’s Diesel Fuels and Winter in the Northeast
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Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. The incomplete burning of materials that contain carbon, like natural gas, propane, coal, wood, fuel oil and gasoline produces it. Its inhalation at low concentration levels can cause such symptoms as nausea, headaches, or dizziness. Higher levels of concentration have been known to cause brain damage and death. Each year, nearly 300 … Continue reading Safety: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning