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Lawmakers stress urgency as feds finish new sulfur rules for gasoline
Fuel Fix ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Posted on 02/03/2014 1:46:57 PM PST by thackney

As the Obama administration prepares to mandate new limits on sulfur pollution from gasoline, congressional Democrats made a last-minute appeal for quick action.

The Environmental Protection Agency has said it plans to finalize the new requirements by the end of this month. That would give refiners less than three years to comply if the agency holds firm to its proposed Jan. 1, 2017 deadline.

Forcing refiners to slash sulfur emissions from gasoline to an average of 10 parts per million — down from the current 30 ppm threshold — would be akin to taking 33 million cars off the road, said Rep. Jan Schakowsky and 41 other House lawmakers in a letter Friday to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Low-sulfur gasoline boosts the effectiveness of catalytic converters, reducing tailpipe emissions.

“Cleaner gasoline and vehicle standards will dramatically improve public health by reducing nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and other harmful pollutants and well-established causes of (pollution),” the lawmakers said. “Those suffering most from air pollution cannot afford to wait any longer for relief.”

The plea for urgent action comes as the oil industry pressures the EPA to move on a slower timetable, forgoing the potential Jan. 1, 2017 deadline to comply with the new mandates.

The American Petroleum Institute and refiners say a three-year window isn’t enough time to make an estimated $10 billion in projected capital improvements, including the installation of hydrometers used to strip sulfur out of gasoline.

The so-called “Tier 3″ standards just entered the final stage of review at the Office of Management and Budget.

“There is every reason to believe EPA will issue final standards by the end of February,” said Frank O’Donnell, executive director of Clean Air Watch. “The car companies have said that’s a crucial date for their planning, and I believe the positive business aspects of the rules will influence the timing.”

The proposed rule would allow automakers to sell the same vehicle in all 50 states by harmonizing federal requirements with California’s stricter sulfur limits. Automakers have said they need the change to help meet stringent fuel economy requirements.

Lobbyists from auto manufacturers, the makers of emissions-control equipment and the oil industry are all expected to make appeals for changes to the Tier 3 proposal in personal meetings with the Office of Management and Budget over the next few weeks.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; gasoline; refinery; ulsg
If you liked the price hike that came with ULSD a few years back, you are going to love Ultra Low-Sulfur Gasoline.
1 posted on 02/03/2014 1:46:57 PM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

Abolish the EPA and send its bureaucrats to labor camps.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 1:49:15 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: thackney

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"Old Red" says: "Please leave my gasoline alone!"
3 posted on 02/03/2014 1:51:40 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Send Obama along with them because he is the head of the snake.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 2:11:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I have other plans for him.
5 posted on 02/03/2014 2:19:03 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: thackney

The Corn Lobby, Iowa and every other jerk that is keeping the Ethanol Myth alive, appreciates your ignorance.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 2:29:15 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: thackney

Ouch....


7 posted on 02/03/2014 2:37:21 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: thackney

“If you like your gas you can keep it”.

thanks, Commifornia.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 2:45:04 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Repeal The 17th
"Old Red" says: "Please leave my gasoline alone!"

Go to puregas.org for a list of ethanol free gas stations in the US and Canada. I'd post the link, but I suck.

9 posted on 02/03/2014 2:46:02 PM PST by onona (The entitlement army doesn’t vote for candidates, they vote for gravy.)
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To: thackney

“hydrometers”?


10 posted on 02/03/2014 2:47:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: onona
Dammit !

It's pure-gas.org

11 posted on 02/03/2014 2:48:35 PM PST by onona (The entitlement army doesn’t vote for candidates, they vote for gravy.)
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To: Paladin2

Good Catch!

That should read hydrotreaters.

Autocorrect mistake I suspect.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 2:50:17 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: onona

The closest non-alcohol station to me is a tank of gas away,
but old red has two tanks.
So if I go there flat empty and fill both tanks,
I have to burn one just getting back home.
Then I drive around not wanting to use it,
because I don’t now when I can go get some more.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 2:54:56 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: thackney

If the market for sulfur concrete ever takes off, some of the costs of extracting it from the crude could be offset.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 3:13:22 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Repeal The 17th

We should not have to travel to buy pure gasoline.

All the ECO Idiots should be the ones driving to buy their “feel good” gasoline.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 3:28:07 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: Repeal The 17th

That’s too bad.

I don’t have a single one nearby.....


16 posted on 02/03/2014 3:42:44 PM PST by onona (The entitlement army doesn’t vote for candidates, they vote for gravy.)
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To: thackney

Yes when the EPA mandated lower sulphur diesel, the price went up, and availability went down. Expect the same when this mandate is applied to gasoline. The present 30 ppm is already low, so making it lower makes the effort to meet it very, very difficult. The refiners must buy more expensive crude and hit it hard during the process to meet the goal.

The EPA has an agenda, raise carbon fuel prices to the point the green energy can be said to be an alternative. Of course at that point we will be riding bicycles to work like in Denmark or Holland [countries the size of CT & Rhode Island].


17 posted on 02/03/2014 6:04:24 PM PST by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: thackney

And nothing I have runs good on ULSD. The red stuff smells good, the engines run much better. The old diesel and dirt have a smell you just can’t miss. I wonder how much longer red diesel will be around?


18 posted on 02/03/2014 7:10:09 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

Here in California they fine the hell out of you for running red diesel on the highway.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 7:17:48 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

They do everywhere else that I know of so I don’t. All off road.

They fine the hell out of you in Kalifornia for just about everything from what I hear. I’ll never go back there again.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 9:23:27 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: RicocheT
The refiners must buy more expensive crude

Essentially no crude oil exists in sulfur levels this low. 10 ppm is 0.001% (one one-thousandth of a single percent). For comparison:

The very best on this list, the Malaysia-Tapis (world's most expensive crude oil) is 0.0343% sulfur or 34 times more sulfur than the new allowed value.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aQ6JH.w5UlNY

Instead refineries must spend capital dollars to add hydrotreaters and the like to remove more sulfur during the refining process. Those units consume energy adding never ending greater expense even after the building of new units is done.

21 posted on 02/04/2014 4:35:41 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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