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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

EPA finalizes new gasoline sulfur limits -- By Zack Colman, The Washington Examiner

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday set new limits on the amount of sulfur permitted in gasoline, capping a lobbying battle that pitted the oil and refining industries against automakers and public health groups.

The EPA's "Tier 3" gasoline rule ratchets down sulfur content to 10 parts per million from 30. The agency said it would bring $13 in health benefits for every dollar spent to comply with the standard, amounting to between $6.7 billion and $19 billion in annual health benefits by 2030. Those health benefits include reducing respiratory — such as asthma — and heart ailments linked to soot, smog and other air pollution caused by sulfur emissions.

The move comes as President Obama has exercised executive authority to push forward a range of climate and air quality issues. Last month, he pushed for new fuel-efficiency standards for large trucks, building on rules finalized in August 2012 that would force cars to get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

"These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. "By working with the auto industry, health groups and other stakeholders, we're continuing to build on the Obama administration's broader clean fuels and vehicles efforts that cut carbon pollution, clean the air we breathe, and save families money at the pump."

The refining and oil industries lost a fight to delay the rule's 2017 implementation date, as they had argued refineries need more time to upgrade their equipment.

"EPA’s decision to move forward on Tier 3 is yet the most recent example of the agency’s propensity for illogical and counterproductive rulemaking," said Charles Drevna, president of refining group American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The American Petroleum Institute also had disagreed with EPA's cost estimate for implementing the rule. The agency said it would cost about a penny per gallon — API said it was closer to 6 to 9 cents.

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