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Gasoline worries

Western US governors are urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to give medium-sized refiners a break in its pending gasoline sulfur rule.The regulation would reduce, in phases, sulfur levels in gasoline to an average 30 ppm during October 2003-December 2006, down from the current 330 ppm (OGJ, May 31, 1999, p. 34).EPA says it plans to issue the rule by the end of the year. But that's doubtful, because it has not yet sent the full regulation to the Office of Management and Budget for review.The American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) take a less-stringent and more-flexible approach to gasoline sulfur standards that meet the air q...

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