CLEVELAND (May 29, 3:20 p.m. ET) — The Environmental Protection Agency has already clamped down on hydrocarbon emissions from fuel tanks on small engines for boats, all-terrain vehicles and lawn-care equipment. More changes are coming — and plastics processors need to think ahead, said Ken Carter of Deere & Co.
“You've got to look forward to be competitive. If you don't change, you're going to be left behind,” Carter said during the conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers Rotational Molding Division, held May 6-9 in Cleveland. Carter is staff materials engineer for polymers at Deere's technology and innovation center in Moline, Ill.
Regulators are looking beyond just the fuel tank to the complete system, including the gas cap, fuel lines, pump, seals and carbon canisters, Carter said.
California's aggressive emissions standards set the national trend, through the California Air Resources Board. Carter said CARB just issued plans for more-stringent rules for boats, motorcycles and ATVs.
“Industry doesn't have much time to react,” he said. “Be prepared.”
New biodiesel fuel and higher ethanol content in gasoline also will affect engine-system emissions, he said.