Small refiners may get sulfur rule break

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may give small refiners 2 more years to meet the agency's proposed gasoline sulfur rule. Testifying before the Senate environment committee, EPA Administrator Carol Browner strongly defended the rule (OGJ, May 10, 1999, p. 32), which would slash the sulfur content of gasoline to 30 ppm from the current average of 330 ppm during 2004-06. EPA plans to issue a final rule by yearend. API response J. Louis Frank, President of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, testified for the American Petroleum Institute. He said the rule would cut U.S. gasoline sulfur levels by about 90%, to the levels that California requires, which he said "is not con...

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