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...