EPA action will reduce sulfur in gasoline

Mar 19, 2014 John Stumbos University of California, Davis
New rules bring nation’s fuel supply in line with California’s cleaner standards.

March 19, 2014
(from Los Angeles Times)

Professor Dan Sterling is director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules on March 3 that will reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline, bringing national standards in line with California’s low-sulfur fuels.

“These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.

Environmental science and policy professor Daniel Sperling noted that the new rule to reduce sulfur is part of a package to tighten emissions for vehicles and won’t have much of an impact at the pump.

“The cost to the oil industry is tiny when you spread it out over the production process,” he said. “And the cost for consumers for a gallon of gas, compared to the volatility of oil prices, is not even noticeable.”

Sperling also is a professor of engineering and the director of the Institute for Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

(Read the full Los Angeles Times article, published March 3, 2014.)

Media contact:
• Dan Sperling, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis, 530-752-7434,

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis, contact:
• Ann Filmer, Senior Director of Communications, 530-754-6788,

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