Propane and the Environment

Propane is an environmentally friendly fuel. It is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence, and as a result Is one of the cleanest burning of all alternative fuels.

New propane-fueled vehicles can meet the very tough Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle {ULEV) standards, and one model even meets the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle {SULEV} standards.

Burning coal to generate electricity releases carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. Per pound of fuel burned, coal emits more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide as propane does. By using propane gas Instead of electricity, consumers can cut emissions and help preserve the environment.

Propane gas is nontoxic, so it’s not harmful to soil and water. Because propane does not endanger the environment, the placement of propane tanks either above or below ground is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency {EPA).  According to the EPA, much of the sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere, which produces acid rain is attributable to coal-fired, electricity-generating facilities. In contrast, neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.

Propane is one of the cleanest burning fuels, and it doesn’t strain the electric grid, so it reduces the risk of power outages.

Breathing propane gas is not harmful to humans. The sulfur odor is added for leak detection.

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