‘This Opportunity Is Here, and We Need to Jump on It’
Pennsylvania will accept natural gas vehicle conversions certified to U.S. EPA standards even though it has demanded conformity with California rules for new cars and light trucks since 2006.
“New passenger car or light-duty truck conversion systems certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Resources Air Board may be installed on vehicles in Pennsylvania,” says the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (emphasis added).
“The state’s new vehicle emissions program allows for certification under either standard,” Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said in a release.
“This is a big step in the right direction,” Krancer said. “Using affordable domestic natural gas for transportation fuel will help clean our air while reducing our reliance on foreign oil.”
“This opportunity is here, and we need to jump on it.”
A DEP technical guidance document covering NGV conversions is to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 3 (more information is meanwhile available here). It is among the recommendations the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission made to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, DEP says. The document will inform manufacturers, sellers and consumers of passenger cars and light-duty trucks about the requirements to ensure that converted vehicles comply with the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles program.
In 2006, the agency notes, Pennsylvania adopted low-emission vehicle standards based on California Air Resources Board regulations. DEP says it is issuing the new technical guidance because the Pennsylvania Clean Vehicles program did not address alternative fuel conversion systems.