EPA pushes tough rule for gasoline sulfur

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a 90% slash in U.S. gasoline sulfur limits beginning in 2004, a proposal the refining industry said is needlessly expensive to consumers. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said the proposal would cost refiners $3-6 billion and add up to 10¢/gal to the cost of gasoline. President Bill Clinton announced the sulfur measure in his weekly radio address. It was linked with a proposed rule to lower the allowable amount of nitrogen oxide emissions for all cars by about 90% and bring sport utility vehicles (SUVs) under the same pollution limits as cars. Clinton said, "We've taken great pains to m...

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