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6/6/2003



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EPA proposes regulation to reduce sulfur in diesel fuel



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue a regulation requiring railroads and other non-highway diesel-engine operators to begin using low-sulfur diesel fuel as early as 2007, according to a news item on Association of American Railroads' Web site.


Under a phased-in plan, EPA would require diesel-fuel sulfur content to be reduced from 3,400 to 500 parts per million (ppm) beginning in 2007 and from 500 to 15 ppm in 2010 — a 99 percent reduction.


EPA is accepting written comments on the proposed regulation until Aug. 20. The agency plans to conduct public hearings June 10 in New York City, June 12 in Chicago and June 17 in Los Angeles. AAR plans to testify at the June 10 hearing.


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