AOCA Calling All Lube Shops

Received this announcement from AOCA earlier today. Speaks for itself:

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to radically alter the way it regulates used oil such that the existing used oil recycling chain could be completely destroyed.  To put it simply, EPA’s proposal would change the current definition/status of used oil from a valuable feedstock for the recycled fuel oil market to a ‘solid waste’ that could only be burned at a very small number of incinerators with a special kind of permit.  Although some fast lubes’ used oil goes to re-refining, most of used oil feedstock becomes recycled fuel oil.  The bottom line:  we would all have to pay to have our used oil transported because there would be a limited market for it!  There is also the distinct possibility that EPA’s proposal would prevent the used oil generated in our own shops from being used as fuel in our own used oil-fired space heaters.  We can’t let this happen!

AOCA has already submitted formal arguments against this travesty, but EPA needs to hear from you, too.  We have prepared a one-page letter for you to sign and return to EPAno later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 3, 2010.  You may fax your letter to (202) 566-9744.  If you choose to use a cover sheet, please include the following:  Attention: Docket ID no. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2008-0329.  You can also e-mail your letter as an attachment to  Thank you for stepping up to support the fast lube industry.

Note: this proposal does not apply to California, which already has stricter used oil management standards.

Go to, at the top of the page click on link:Click here for the letter.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Executive Director Leanne Stump at

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One Response to AOCA Calling All Lube Shops

  1. This appears to be a tough situation for the lube industry to be up against. In the past 12 months in Ontario, Canada we have had an Eco Fee (eliminated as of July 20) program in place that charges an additional amount on environmentally hazardous products such as oils and antifreeze. This fee is paid to the provincial government for any costs associated with the safe disposal of this product. It sounds as though, the situation the EPA is proposing may not be all doom and gloom if they are thinking in line with what we have in Ontario. If in fact they are serious about this legislation surely there will be consultation within the industry to help minimize the impact on business while creating a greener more sustainable tomorrow. In the end whatever costs are associated with this legislation will be passed on to the consumer through higher prices right across the industry. For example, higher environmental fee or higher prices for oil products to off set the cost to the operator.

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