Environmentalists and public health advocates urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize its draft rule that would reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline at a public hearing in Chicago today.
The EPA's proposed Tier 3 program unveiled last month aims to set new vehicle emissions standards and reduce the sulfur content of gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 parts per million by 2017.
The American Lung Association estimates the change could be the equivalent of taking 33 million cars off the road.
"What an impact that is, and yet the oil companies are still fighting that," said double lung-transplant recipient Dan Dolan-Laughlin before today's hearing. "I don’t understand. Well, yes I do. It’s money."
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