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New U.S. rules seek cleaner gasoline

New U.S. rules seek cleaner gasoline

The Obama administration is expected to propose new rules today that would slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, one of the most significant steps the administration can take this term toward cutting air pollution, people with knowledge of the announcement said.

The new rules would bring the rest of the country's sulfur standards in line with California's gasoline program. The oil industry has warned of resulting price increases and has been joined by members of Congress from oil states in criticizing the standards as onerous with few health benefits in return. Environmentalists have countered that the rules would improve public health considerably.

The move comes as...