Watching Government - Generational fuel

There were no unwelcome surprises for industry when the US Environmental Protection Agency May 11 issued a final nonroad low-sulfur diesel rule for farm and construction equipment.A related plan to clean up fuel for trains and boats is still in draft form and probably won't be finished until next year.Nonroad diesel fuel now contains as much as 3,000 ppm sulfur. The new rule cuts that to 500 ppm in 2007 and 15 ppm by 2010; industry's total cost should on average run about 7¢/gal, EPA said. A low-sulfur "highway" diesel fuel rule already in place requires 80% of highway diesel to meet a 15 ppm level by mid-2006.General consensusBoth industry and environmentalists generally sup...

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