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EPA to Propose New Standards to Make Gas Cleaner

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce on Friday new standards to make gasoline cleaner -- a move that oil companies say will cost you more when you fill up.

Citing people briefed on the plan, The Wall Street Journal reports the EPA wants to cut the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds, from 30 parts per million to 10 ppm.  Doing so, the agency says, will reduce the amount of pollution that comes out of tailpipes.

But making these changes will crank up the cost of producing gas by as much as 9 cents a gallon, the American Petroleum Institute, a representative for oil companies, argues.  That added expense will likely get passed along to consumers, it says.

However, a senior administration official says the new sulfur standard would cost only an extra penny per gallon, the Journal reports.

Regardless of the cost, the proposed rule has to go through a public comment period before it becomes final, the newspaper says.

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