Industry accuses EPA of skirting rules for public review of draft fuel regs

A proposed rule intended to cut pollution from automobiles by lowering sulfur content in fuel was published Tuesday in the Federal Register, nearly two months the EPA detailed the measure.

Interested parties and members of the public have until June 13 to weigh in on the 1572-page proposal. 

First announced on March 29, the proposed rule endeavors to reduce smog, soot and toxic pollution. Refiners would be forced to lower sulfur content of gasoline by more than 60 percent to 10 parts per million by 2017.

More than 158 million Americans currently experience unhealthy levels of air pollution linked to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, according to the agency.

While automakers have backed the rule, the API strongly opposes them and contends the regulations would lead to higher gas prices for consumers. 

“There is an onslaught of federal regulations coming out of the EPA that could put upward pressure on gasoline price,” Greco asserted.

The EPA maintains the rule would increase pump prices by less than a penny per gallon.