EPA issues rule limiting US gasoline sulfur

Despite the objections of refiners, the US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that will require the industry to slash the sulfur content of gasoline from an average of 300 ppm (excluding California) to 30 ppm.Beginning in 2004, refiners and importers can make or sell gasoline containing a range of sulfur levels, as long as all of their production is capped at 300 ppm and their corporate sulfur levels average 120 ppm during the calendar year (OGJ May 10, 1999, p. 32). In 2005, the refinery average will be set at 30 ppm, with a production cap of 300 ppm and a corporate average of 90 ppm. Both of the average standards can be met with the use of credits.In 2006, refiners ...

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