Diesel cap controversy

First gasoline, and now diesel.The US Environmental Protection Agency submitted its proposal for diesel fuel quality to the White House Office of Management and Budget earlier this year. It calls for a nationwide cap of 15 ppm for on-road diesel sulfur in 2006, a 97% reduction from today's 500 ppm cap. A separate report, by two associations of air-quality control officers, also calls for a reduction to 15 ppm.What refiners wantWith the final diesel rule expected before the end of April, refiners hope to ward off a repeat incident of their failure to convince regulators to adopt a milder plan for regulation of gasoline sulfur levels. Last year, the industry recommended a 50% reduction ...

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