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Gazette I Publication of the Proposed Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations

Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H3

To: Interested Parties
(see Distribution)

Re: Gazette I Publication of the Proposed Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations

The proposed Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 22, 2001. A copy of the Gazette I package is enclosed.

These regulations would replace the current Diesel Fuel Regulations. The new regulations reduce the limit for sulphur in on-road diesel to 15 mg/kg (or parts per million) starting June 1, 2006. The current limit of 500 mg/kg continues in place until that date. The goal of these regulations is to ensure that the level of sulphur in diesel fuel used in on-road vehicles in Canada will not impede the effective operation of advanced emission control technologies planned to be introduced on 2007 and later model year vehicles (i.e., in mid-2006) to comply with stringent new exhaust emission standards. The companion regulations on these exhaust emission standards are expected to be proposed in the Canada Gazette, Part I in the spring of 2002.

Interested parties have until February 20, 2002 to provide comments (in writing) to Environment Canada on the proposed Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations. Comments should be sent to: Director General, Air Pollution Prevention Directorate, Environment Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A-0H3.

Also enclosed is a document providing Environment Canada's reply to comments received on the design of the regulations. These comments were in response to Environment Canada's general discussion paper distributed in May, as well as a discussion paper on Arctic issues that was distributed in July. The actual comments provided by parties were distributed by Environment Canada in July, and the minutes from the Arctic teleconference were distributed in August.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 819-953-4673 or Mark Tushingham at 819-994-0510.

Yours truly,
Bruce McEwen

Fuels Division
Oil, Gas & Energy Branch

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