Watching Government: Lower expectations

It's not the best or worst of times for industry as far as clean diesel regulations goes.But it is becoming a season of lower expectations. Refiners worry that the US Environmental Protection Agency is ignoring potential supply problems that might occur when clean highway diesel fuel rules begin in mid-2006.Fuel suppliers unsuccessfully urged EPA to expand the scope of an independent panel now finishing its work reviewing technology issues related to the 15 ppm low-sulfur diesel standard (OGJ, Aug. 5, 2002, p. 25). Dissension in the airThe panel includes refiners, environmentalists, state air regulators, and engine makers.EPA will host the fourth and final meeting in Washington, DC, S...

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