NEW YORK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued a waiver to its clean fuel rules to allow the use of home heating oil in diesel generators and vehicles in the New York City area and Pennsylvania after Hurricane Sandy.
The waiver, which is good through Nov. 20, follows a similar measure granted to New Jersey earlier this week as the federal government accelerated efforts to alleviate the fuel supply shortage in the nation’s most dense consuming area.
With the waiver, those states are able to use higher-sulfur distillate fuel, normally allowed only for home heating, in diesel engines or as fuel for the hundreds of generators now running across the region. Normally the Clean Air Act requires the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel with 15 parts per million (ppm). (Reporting by Jonathan Leff; Editing by Gary Hill)