EPA Proposes Diesel-Fuel Changes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new regulations that would
greatly reduce sulfur content in diesel fuel from the current level of about 500 parts per
million (PPM) to 15 PPM. High sulfur content degrades diesel emission-control components
and increases tailpipe pollutants. Under the EPA proposal, fuel refiners must begin
delivery of low-sulfur diesel fuel nationwide by the middle of 2006. Manufacturers then
would have until 2007 to introduce low-emissions diesel engines. The EPA claims the
reformulated diesel fuel will cost four cents more per gallon; refiners say it will be more
like 10 cents at retail. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel.htm.

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