Panel Proposes Stricter Diesel Rules
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) islooking to impose strict diesel controls by 2004, two years earlier thana national deadline to slash the sulfur content of diesel fuel by97%. California state officials strongly oppose such a move, assertingthat the restrictions will more than likely result in fuel shortages andexorbitant fuel prices. The California oil industry and truckingcompanies concur with the state and worry that such a move would put LosAngeles Basin trucking companies out of business. Citing diesel exhaustas the cause of 70% of the cancer risk due to Los Angeles air pollution,the AQMD in convinced the early regulations are necessary and that oilrefineries will be able to meet the demand for new diesel by 2004.
Thanks to California 2000 Project