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The goal is to help automakers meet new emissions standards, increase vehicle performance and improve public health

Gasoline is about to get a whole lot cleaner as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks to reduce the amount of sulfur in fuel with a new regulation. 
 
According to the EPA, it's finalizing new rules that will cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds starting in 2017. The goal is to help automakers meet new emissions standards, increase vehicle performance and improve public health.
 
A vehicle's catalytic converter primarily controls emissions, but over time, sulfur in fuel can disable auto technologies that work to eliminate emissions. 
 
Sulfur took a massive hit in 2000 when the EPA required the amount be lowered from an average of 300 ppm (parts per million) to 30 ppm. When these new rules are finalized, that number will drop further to 10ppm nationwide by 2017. 
 
The EPA estimates an 80 percent reduction in emissions for cars and trucks from today’s fleet average, and a 60 percent reduction for heavy-duty vehicles.


[SOURCE: Automobile Magazine]

"These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "By working with the auto industry, health groups, and other stakeholders, we're continuing to build on the Obama Administration's broader clean fuels and vehicles efforts that cut carbon pollution, clean the air we breathe, and save families money at the pump."
 
Automakers like the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- a trade group representing Detroit’s Big Three automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and others -- have welcomed the rules because it lowers the cost of technologies needed to improve fuel economy and meet emissions standards. The auto industry will spend about $200 billion to double the efficiency of the fleet by 2025 to 54.5 MPG.
 
The program is estimated to cost less than a penny per gallon of gasoline, and about $72 per vehicle. The annual cost of the overall program in 2030 is estimated to be about $1.5 billion. 
 
Putting these new rules in place would also improve public health. According to the EPA, the rules will annually prevent up to 30,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children; 2,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits; 2,000 premature deaths, and 1.4 million lost school days and work days. 
 
Total health-related benefits in 2030 are estimated to be between $8 billion and $23 billion annually.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



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RE: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
By Mint on 3/6/2014 3:28:38 AM , Rating: 2
So what? You can't dismiss a 66% reduction just because it's a tiny number.

Do you know how bad your water would taste if it had 30 ppm hydrogen sulfide? It smells like rotten egg and corrodes your pipes at only 2 ppm:
http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/pages/publicationD.jsp...


RE: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 8:39:15 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
You can't dismiss a 66% reduction just because it's a tiny number.


I can, will, and did. Why can't I?

quote:
Do you know how bad your water would taste if it had 30 ppm hydrogen sulfide?


That has nothing to do with this topic, irrelevant.

You really need to see the big picture here pal. This new mandate is unnecessary, will have little benefit, and is ultimately redundant. New CAFE standards will ensure much less sulfur gets released into the air already.


RE: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
By EricMartello on 3/9/2014 5:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So what? You can't dismiss a 66% reduction just because it's a tiny number.


Yes you can dismiss it, because you can't just list a percentage without telling us the original number. Going from 1 to 2 is a 100% increase, but if you were talking about 1 PPM to 2 PPM it's not a big deal even though you could sensationalize it by saying that some harmful element is being doubled under a relaxed standard.

Going from 300 PPM to 30 PPM was already good enough, and going from 30 to 10 PPM is not going to make any appreciable difference on emissions or extend the life of catalytic converters...but it is going to drive up the cost per gallon of gasoline.

quote:
Do you know how bad your water would taste if it had 30 ppm hydrogen sulfide? It smells like rotten egg and corrodes your pipes at only 2 ppm:


And yet in the case of gasoline burning vehicles the 30 PPM of sulfur in gasoline has no significant negative effects. The EV thing is failing and the left-wing nutsacks are looking for more ways to drive up costs of gasoline with laws like these.


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