OGJ Editorial: EPA’s diesel-sulfur study

US refiners have a welcome opportunity to improve looming sulfur standards for highway diesel fuel. The US Environmental Protection Agency on Apr. 22 announced a review of its December 2000 requirement for ultralow-sulfur on-road diesel in 2006. Officials say they want to study progress toward implementation of the low-sulfur program. Refiners should treat the review as a forum in which to argue for adjustment to needlessly strict standards.The diesel-sulfur program was a parting shot by the Clinton administration at refiners. In anticipation of requirements for new emission-control equipment in vehicle exhaust systems, the refining industry supported a huge cut in the sulfur concentratio...

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