EPA plans independent review of diesel sulfur rule

The US Environmental Protection Agency expects to conduct an "independent review" of its controversial low-sulfur diesel rule in mid-2002.The blue-ribbon panel will include representation by the oil industry, environmental groups, state regulators, and automakers, EPA said last week.Last June, EPA signaled it would pursue an independent study to take a second look at the rule, which the agency implemented during the administration of President Bill Clinton.The current rule would force refiners to meet a 15 ppm standard in 2006 on 80% of diesel supply. The remaining 20% would be phased in by 2010 (OGJ Online, June 6, 2001). Panel makeupEPA said no specific persons are under consideration f...

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