EPA regulations making diesels push cleaner exhaust

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The brand new 2011 diesel pickup has not one, but two fuel reservoirs. One is for diesel. The other is for something called, diesel exhaust fluid or DEF.

"67 1/2% demineralized water and 32 1/2 % urea or ammonia," said Max Boff a Mansfield DEF Distributor.

Supposedly the answer to reducing nitrogen oxide, the smelly, black emission from trucks and buses powered by diesel engines.

"Tests have shown the emissions exhaust coming out of the tailpipe was actually cleaner than the air in the surrounding areas," said Randy Robison.

Diesel fleet operators and individual consumers are just now hearing about the federal mandate. They're learning about the specialized storage and filling equipment. All something to keep in mind when planning annual budgets.

"That's gonna cut the emissions that are coming out of the exhaust by 90%, so we'll have a cleaner environment as a results of it, but we will all pay for that," said Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English.

The average cost is about $5 a gallon. For about every 100 gallons of diesel consumed you would need three gallons of DEF.

"The good thing about that is older vehicles do not have to be retrofitted with this system. It's just 2011 and up, but it's a product that looks like it's gonna be upon us," said Robison.

The technology has been used in Europe and Australia for five years. In two to three years you're likely to see pumping stations at your local filling station and other retail outlets.

The mandate will be enforced for new on-road diesel trucks beginning Jan. 1.

Enforcement for off-road vehicles, such as tractors and ATVs begins in 2012.

Diesel marine transports start following the rules in 2013.

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