Food for fuel

More-stringent highway diesel fuel regulations, which begin in 2006, could lead to expanded production of renewable fuels, namely biodiesel. Diesel fuel consumed in the US will have a 15 ppm sulfur limit starting in mid-2006. Refiners, due to concerns over product pipeline commingling, may have to produce a 10 ppm diesel from the refinery. Meanwhile, the nonroad diesel debate rages on. One proposal under active consideration would place a 500 ppm sulfur limit by 2007 and a further reduction to 15 ppm by 2010 (OGJ, Oct. 14, 2002, p. 26).And while a US energy bill is still not finalized, both the Senate and House versions retain the "renewable fuel" mandate for transportation fuels.Refiners...

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