Editorial - Diesel supply warning

12/13/2004
Anyone complacent about supply of ultralow-sulfur diesel fuel, requirements for which begin in mid-2006, should read the National Petroleum Council's report to the US energy secretary on refining issues. It tells a story different from the US Environmental Protection Agency's September status report on program compliance.Under the assumption that the strictest environmental regulation is automatically best, EPA in December 2000 mandated that most highway diesel made and sold in the US contain no more than 15 ppm sulfur. That was the lowest ceiling EPA legally could impose, a 97% cut from the pool average of the time. It effectively will require refiners to produce diesel with 10 p...
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