There has been a lot of misconceptions about propane and the harm that it does to the environment; comparatively to other choices of in and around the home choice alternative fuels such as oil, kerosene, and (in some rare occasions) diesel fuel.
In fact, propane is a safe, environmentally friendly fuel source that is an approved alternative fuel listed in both the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. LP gas is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence and, as a result, is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. It is non-toxic, non-caustic, colorless, and odorless.
- Propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
- Propane will not damage freshwater or saltwater ecosystems, underwater plant or marine life and will not cause harm to drinking water supplies.
- Propane will not damage or harm soil if spilled on the ground.
- Propane vapor will not cause air pollution and is not harmful if accidentally inhaled by birds, animals or people.
- Propane is so clean that the placement of propane tanks either above or below ground is not regulated by the EPA.
- Propane-fueled vehicles meet the very tough Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standards and one model even meets the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards.