How Does The EPA Regulate Diesel Engines?
Diesel engines release large amounts of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, including nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, particulates, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. These chemicals contribute to smog, climate change, ozone depletion, and a wide range of human health problems. Hoping to mitigate these problems, the EPA has established emission standards for all new diesel engines.
Most of these standards apply to manufacturers, who are charged with making the cleanest engines possible. There are, however, some codes to make sure consumers do not also contribute to pollution.
What Regulations Should I Be Worried About?
Businesses often try to modify their equipment in order to make it more efficient or less costly. These modifications, however, often compromise the measures that have been put in place to reduce pollution. Before you try to make changes to your equipment, make sure those changes don't involve removing emissions control hardware, reprogramming or replacing emissions software, or changing on-board computers. Also, make sure to follow the guidelines that the manufacturer has given you. If your diesel engine needs diesel exhaust fluid, for example, provide it with that fluid as often as required.
Consumers are most likely to run into problems with tampering regulations if they use the same equipment over long periods of time, as old equipment invariably must be modified or upgraded if it is not replaced. To avoid these problems, see the EPA's guidebook on maintaining and rebuilding engines.
Certain kinds of diesel equipment need to be certified if you want to install them. Marine SI engines, small SI engines, and recreational vehicles must also be re-certified whenever you upgrade them. Some engines must also be regularly tested.
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