- EPA Unveils Sulfur Emissions Rule
- March 11, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
This week, EPA unveiled a new rule forcing oil refiners to strip out sulfur from American gasoline blends.
When burned in gasoline, sulfur blocks pollution-control equipment in vehicle engines, which increases tailpipe emissions linked to lung disease, asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, aggravated heart disease, and premature births and deaths.
The EPA estimates the new rule will drastically reduce soot and smog in the United States, and thus lower rates of diseases associated with those pollutants, while slightly raising the price of both gasoline and cars. The rule will require oil refiners to install expensive new equipment to clean sulfur out of gasoline and force automakers to install new, cleaner-burning engine technology.