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New Gas Can Compliance Regulations Coming Soon

January 31st, 2009:

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be implementing new regulations to reduce hazardous air pollutants associated with gas cans. According to the EPA's announcement, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is establishing standards that will limit emissions that evaporate or permeate through portable fuel containers (gas cans)." The new regulations will go into effect on January 1, 2009. Violations of these regulations are subject to fines of up to $500 per fuel container. Portable fuel containers manufactured after January 1, 2009 that do not comply with this new standard will be subject to fines.

To help dealers in complying with the new regulations, Briggs & Stratton is offering a full line of fuel containers that have been manufactured to the highest standards. The Briggs & Stratton branded line of fuel containers meet all EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements. "The Briggs & Stratton brand of Portable Fuel Containers (PFC) are constructed of HDPE (high-density polyethylene) for durability and performance. The tapered shape of the tank resists tip-overs and the pebbled finish improves grip," said Tom Bland, National Sales Manager - Consumer Products with The Plastics Group, Inc. Another benefit, according to Bland, "The spout is spill-proof, child resistant, and shuts off automatically. These characteristics combine to make the Briggs & Stratton PFC the finest in the industry."

The new requirements will also apply to diesel and kerosene containers. Starting with containers manufactured in 2009, the standard limits evaporation and permeation emissions from these containers to 0.3 grams of hydrocarbons per gallon per day.

Dealers will be able to sell their existing inventory of fuel containers. According to the Federal Register, "Retailers may sell their stock of containers (non-CARB cans manufactured prior to 1/1/09) through the course of normal business without restriction." Dealers that have questions about the new regulations may contact their IDN representative for more information.


Written By: Synoilva Shaw
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