Watching Government: Tier 3 battle shapes up

It may be early, but there are already signs that 2012's first big downstream oil regulatory battle will be over the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Tier 3 gasoline regulations. Sixty-eight US House members—56 Republicans and 12 Democrats—signed a Dec. 19 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson expressing their concern. They said the proposal would place stringent requirements on motor fuel manufacturers to reduce sulfur and vapor pressure levels. "Our understanding is that EPA intends to propose this rule early next year, and issue a final rule in 2012," the letter said. "Especially during this time of economic uncertainty, we have concerns about the effe...

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