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EPA finalizes relief for aboveground oil storage; new mileage stickers, fuel economy numbers created for model year 2008 vehicles

November 17, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two new measures to benefit dealers, by relaxing mandates for aboveground oil storage and by reforming fuel economy standards to make them more useful for consumers.


For dealers who store oil—used oil, bulk motor oil, other bulk lubricants, gasoline and diesel—in aboveground tanks and containers with capacities between 1,320 gallons and 10,000 gallons, self-certified Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans can be prepared instead of having a professional engineer draft and study one.


For more on the topic, see or contact the NADA Regulatory Affairs Department at


Also, beginning with model year 2008 vehicles, the EPA will mandate the use of a newly designed fuel-economy label, typically found on the Monroney sticker, for light-duty vehicles. The NADA generally supports the new label because it should be more useful for consumers who are making fuel-economy comparisons among vehicles.


For more information on the new label, see