Stefano Bill to Adjust Outdated Diesel Oil Requirement Now Law

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32) to adjust the outdated requirement for a qualified mechanic to perform an oil change every 100 hours on all diesel-powered equipment used by mining companies was signed into law yesterday.

Act 9, formerly Senate Bill 115, amended Pennsylvania’s Bituminous Coal Mine Safety Act to more appropriately reflect the needs of equipment presently being used, as opposed to equipment from decades ago.

Mine operators can now request permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Mine Safety to extend the requirement for oil and oil filter changes from 100 to 200 hours.

“The old requirement was established 25 years ago when diesel engines were much less efficient. I’m glad the law now reflects the needs of current equipment so companies aren’t forced to take the time and pay the costs associated with unnecessary oil changes,” said Stefano. “It was a wasteful practice, and I’m hopeful this change leads to more efficient processes for mine operators.”

Watch Stefano’s remarks on the bill here.


CONTACT:    Amanda Cuteri, 717-787-7175

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