January 2000

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Will refiners be able to meet consumers' demand for gasoline? Gasoline sulfur rule could affect gasoline supply, says NPRA. The recently announced rule from the U.S. EPA imposes California's current ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Will refiners be able to meet consumers' demand for gasoline? Gasoline sulfur rule could affect gasoline supply, says NPRA. The recently announced rule from the U.S. EPA imposes California's current state gasoline sulfur regulations on the entire U.S. According to NPRA, the ruling will require "substantial refinery investments, approximating a total cost of $3–5 billion." That's about 3–5 cents/gal. Industry concerns are that, by extending these sulfur limits to the whole country, supply and price instability could happen nationwide – similar to what California experienced in early 1999. In contrast, the refining industry's proposed regional plan would save consumers money

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