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EPA takes aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

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FILE - In this July 10, 2012 file photo, Suzanne Meredith, of Walpole, Mass., gases up her car at a Gulf station in Brookline, Mass. Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is unveiling a plan to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions. Officials say it will result in cleaner air across the U.S. and higher prices at the pump.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the new rule will reduce sulfur in gasoline and tighten automobile emission standards beginning in 2017. They say it will increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025.

But the agency says it will yield billions of dollars in health benefits by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution.

The oil industry, Republicans and some Democrats wanted EPA to delay the rule, citing higher costs. An oil industry study says it could increase gasoline prices by 6 to 9 cents a gallon.



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