The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) published proposed amendments to the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules - Env-A 1600: Fuel Specifications (NHAR Env-A 1600). The proposed amendments reduce sulfur limits in liquid fuels imported into or distributed within the State. The not to exceed sulfur content limits proposed in Env-A 1603 are as follows:

  • No. 2 fuel oil - 0.0015% by weight;
  • No. 4 oil - 0.25% by weight;
  • No. 5 or No. 6 oil - 0.5% by weight.

These limits are proposed to be effective from July 1, 2018 for imported fuel and from February 1, 2019 for distribution and usage.

A public hearing is scheduled for November 16, 2018 at 9:30 AM, in Room 114 of the NHDES Offices located at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord New Hampshire. The deadline for submission of comments and materials is 4:00 PM, November 30, 2018.  All submission materials must be forwarded to Karla McManus of the NHDES at

The rule making notice and the annotated text of the proposed regulation can be viewed here.