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HPIn Processing: U.S. refiners' low-sulfur proposal

The U.S. oil industry last month proposed a regulatory plan for lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. This proposal, released on March 20, is to accompany EPA's Tier II emission standards for vehicles, ..

Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The U.S. oil industry last month proposed a regulatory plan for lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. This proposal, released on March 20, is to accompany EPA's Tier II emission standards for vehicles, which are scheduled to take effect with the 2004 model year. And although the sulfur cuts are substantial, the plan was criticized by automakers as not being stringent enough. Whatever the outcome, refiners are expected to invest at least another $3 billion dollars to comply with the new sulfur specs. Proposal basics. The refiners' proposal will lower gasoline sulfur levels across the U.S., from an average present level of 340 parts per million (ppm). In 17 eastern states (Fig. 1), the

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