EPA Targets Gasoline Emissions, Fuel Quality

April 1, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new emission standards for cars and light trucks, and lower sulfur content in gasoline.

The Tier 3 standards, as they are called, would be phased in starting 2017. They would cover cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.

EPA aims to cut non-methane gases and nitrogen oxides as well as particulate matter in order to reduce the harmful effects of pollution.

It says that by 2030 the standards would prevent between 820 and 2,400 premature deaths per year, among other benefits. The annual savings would be between $8 billion and $23 billion, the agency says.

The agency’s estimate of the cost is about a penny per gallon of gasoline.

Petroleum suppliers say the cost will be considerably higher. The rule will increase refiner’s costs and raise the price of fuel by as much as 9 cents per gallon, said Bob Greco, Downstream Group Director of the American Petroleum Institute in a statement.

He also said the rule will have little or no environmental benefit.

Trucking interests do not expect the rule to have much affect on the industry.

“We don’t see the Tier 3 Rule as having a big impact on our fleet operations but it may possibly result in a slight increase in fuel costs for those light-duty trucks that consume gasoline,” said Glenn Kedzie, vice president and energy & environmental affairs counsel at American Trucking Associations in an email.

Trucking used almost 15 billion gallons of gasoline in 2012, he said. That’s less than half the annual amount of diesel burned by trucks, according to several sources.

ATA supports cleaner fuels, Kedzie added.

“ATA is on record calling out for all fuels to be cleaned up to help improve the nation’s air quality,” he said. “Cleaner air benefits all entities regulated, including stationary and mobile sources.” 

Trucking already has been through the process of taking sulfur out of diesel fuel. Through a multi-year effort, refiners reduced sulfur content to the EPA-required level of 15 parts per million in 2010, although in reality it’s closer to 3 – 5 ppm, Kedzie said.

“Trucking survived the transition to clean diesel and those vehicles that will be impacted by the Tier 3 Rule will transition as well,” he said.

EPA’s proposal will bring national gasoline standards to the same level as those in California. 





  1. 1. Martin [ April 01, 2013 @ 05:12AM ]

    When will the people in the USA stand up and say "enough is enough" with every government agency doing their best to break the backs of each and every citizen. Do we not realize that each time a governmental agency opens its bureaucratic mouth it will cost the already over-taxed person and industry even that much more! The EPA was formed on a bet that someone lost, they have no idea what they are doing and just take wild guesses at what will or will not work, they have no one to control them and that is the reason they are out of control on their ideas to make the US (GREEN). The people need to let their Congressmen and Senators know that this group needs to be unfunded then disbanded. Of course they are being propped up by a President that burns more jet fuel than EPA regulations could ever regulate out of the ozone layer. The EPA no doubt sniffs to much sulfur.

  2. 2. Pops [ April 01, 2013 @ 05:29AM ]

    Well, I can see Martin has opened his mouth without opening his brain, And yes Martin, when you criticize the Regulations put in place to protect the citizens and this ONE AND ONLY PLANET we have to live on, then maybe your uninformed opinion will be worthy of consideration.. I'm not saying the EPA is the best run department of the government, but with out their regulation we might just as well go back to the Industrial Revolution age where the rivers ran hot with fire and sustained no life what so ever.


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