Albert Baldeo's advocacy for
cleaner home heating oil results in laws being passed:
Signs Legislation Requiring Oil Industry to Provide Cleaner Heating
A. Paterson today signed legislation that will require the oil industry
reduce the amount of sulfur in the fuel oil used to heat New York
and businesses. The cleaner
fuel will lead to lower levels of dangerous fine particle pollution
people sick and shortens lives. The new measure will begin with the
heating season and continue thereafter.
the levels of sulfur in heating fuel oil will improve the health of New
and our environment, and will help consumers cut their energy bills
reduced fuel use and lower maintenance costs," Governor Paterson said.
"The energy, health and environmental benefits of this legislation are
indisputable. It is critical, however, that Legislators work to pass a
amendment this year that would ensure that tax exempt status of heating
oil is maintained. While the law does not take full effect until 2012,
do everything in my power to ensure that homeowners are protected as
possible, securing a shared win for the environment, homeowners and
of all New Yorkers."
the environmental conservation law to set an upper limit of fifteen
million for number two heating fuel oil for use in residential,
industrial heating applications – the same standard set by the
Environmental Protection Agency for diesel fuel. Current levels of
heating fuel average two-thousand parts per million and can, under
regulations, be as high as ten thousand parts per million.
was not taken into account by the Legislature was how to treat this
tax purposes. The lower sulfur fuel is viewed by the Department of Tax
Finance as if it were "enhanced diesel fuel." Enhanced diesel also
has a sulfur concentration of 15 parts per million and for on-highway
taxed at roughly 40-cents per gallon. Thus, there is need for action
clearly protects the end use heating oil customers from having to pay a
front and seek a refund for use of the cleaner fuel.
sulfur in fuels are naturally occurring, but proven refinement
nearly eliminate it before the fuel is sold to end use consumers. There
tremendous health impacts associated with particulate pollution which
direct result of the high sulfur in this fuel. In New York City, high levels
certain neighborhoods are directly related to buildings that burn high
fuel oil. Fine particle pollution is linked to premature death, cancer,
and heart attacks and asthma attacks in those with preexisting disease.
decreases the energy efficiency of heating units, contributing to a
energy and money.
will be required to be sold on or after July 1, 2012. The legislation
provides a mechanism for the Governor to temporarily suspend the
a determination be made that supply of the fuel is inadequate to meet
The legislation enjoyed support from a diverse set of interests
public health advocates, environmental groups, local government leaders
local oil heat dealers.