WASHINGTON - The petroleum industry in the USA is under increasing pressure to do more about contaminants in fuel, especially sulfur in gasoline.
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York prepared legislation that would set a strict new limit on the amount of sulfur in gasoline, no more than 40 parts per million.
Earlier this year, the American Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers jointly asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to issue rules dropping the average to 30ppm. The current national average outside California is 339ppm.
James Steiger, AAMA's director of fuels and lubricants, said 30ppm is compatible with the joint proposal by automakers in Europe, Japan and the USA to their respective governments, asking for a single, worldwide standard.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to propose rules on sulfur in gasoline late this year, at about the same time it issues proposed new vehicle emission standards, known as Tier II and effective in 2004.