Governor – Governor Felix Camacho Saturday signed the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel [ULSD] bill into law, a measure that will require the use of low sulfur, low polluting, diesel fuel on Guam effective January 1, 2011.
The Bill, # 414, was sponsored by Senator Telo Taitague.
It prohibits the importation of diesel fuel that does not meet U.S. EPA standards for Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel. The ban become effective in about 4 months time, in January 2011. Starting January 1st, gas companies will be given time to deplete their current on-island inventory of diesel fuel that does not meet the new standard before tanks are replenished with ULSD
This standard for ULSD fuel is now fuel that contain less than 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur content, as established by the US EPA Direct Final Rule.
In a release, Senator Taitague is quoted as saying : “This is a standard that was passed in the US over 4 years ago. It is about time that this is done here on Guam. This is not about putting more restrictions on businesses or about politics. It is about sensible and responsible legislation that takes active steps to ensure that our island becomes more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”