November 2002

Environment/Optimization

What is the optimum U.S. mogas sulfur content?

Simple algebraic optimization method provides the answer to this and other environmental and plant risk management questions

Latour, P. R., Clifftent Inc.

A rigorous analytic method for optimizing the tradeoff for health benefits against motor gasoline (mogas) desulfurization costs when reducing the sulfur content of the U.S. mogas pool shows only two key data inputs - sustaining benefit and cost at reduced sulfur levels - provide the optimum standard and maximum net gain to the nation. Modeling and consensus for these two data values will circumvent much time, effort, disagreement and financial loss to both asthmatics and mogas users. If this analytical method was adopted just for U.S. mogas sulfur neg-reg, net gain to the nation would be over $15 billion. Problem. Sulfur

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