Mar 3, 2014 5:54 PM by Alyse Rzemek
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to fight smog and reduce respiratory illnesses. The Obama administration is pursuing deep cuts in sulfur amounts in gasoline, as well as tighter emission standards.
Under new rules announced Monday, oil refineries must reduce sulfur in gas by two-thirds. The phase-in is expected to start in 2017 and be fully implemented by 2025.
The U.S. oil industry says the new regulations will drive up costs and prices at the pump, by six to nine cents.
The EPA counters that the price of gas should increase by less than a penny per gallon. The agency projects, that the reduced emissions that result will prevent thousands of premature deaths and costly respiratory ailments in children.