In 2018, each state in New England saw new rules come out for sulfur content in fuel oils. On or after July 1, 2018, it is illegal to sell, supply, offer for sale, store, deliver or exchange in trade fuels that do not meet the following sulfur contents.

The listing for New Hampshire is still characterized as proposed but the limits became effective in the state from July 1, 2018.

MA - 310 CMR 7.05: U Fuels All Districts: On and after July 1, 2018 Statewide

  • Distillate Fuel Oil - 0.0015%
  • Residual Oil - 0.5%

CT - RCSA 22a-174-19b: Fuel Sulfur Content limitations for Stationary Sources

  • Distillate Fuel Oil or Distillate Fuel Oil Blended with Biodiesel Fuel - 0.0015%
  • Residual Oil or Residual Oil Blended with Biodiesel Fuel - 0.3%
  • Aviation Fuel Combusted in a Stationary Source - 0.3%
  • Kerosene - 0.0015%

VT - Chapter 5-221: Prohibition of Potentially Polluting Materials in Fuel

  • Distillate Fuel Oil (No. 2) and Lighter Distillate Oils and Animal and Vegetable Oil Fuel Oils - 0.0015%
  • No. 4 Residual Oil - 0.25%
  • No. 5 and No. 6 Residual Oils and Heavier Residual Oils and Used Oils - 0.5%

RI - Chapter 20, Subchapter 05, Part 8: Sulfur Content of Fuels

  • Distillate Oil or Biodiesel - 0.0015%
  • Residual Oil or Alternative Fuel - 0.5%

ME - Chapter 106 Low Sulfur Fuel

  • Distillate Fuel (No. 1 and No. 2) - 0.0015%
  • Residual Fuels (No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6) - 0.5%

NH - Env-A 1600: Fuel Specifications - These limits are proposed to be effective from July 1, 2018 for imported fuel and from February 1, 2019 for distribution and usage.

  • No. 2 Fuel Oil - 0.0015%
  • No. 4 Oil - 0.25%
  • No. 5 or No. 6 Oil - 0.5%

If you have any questions on what your compliance requirements are regarding this matter, or if you would like to know your options for higher sulfur fuels that you may still have onsite, please contact Lynne Santos P.E. of Trinity's Boston office at (508) 273-8600 x2702.