Tough new restrictions aimed at reducing diesel fuel's sulfur content are in for a rough ride with American refiners. While welcomed by environmental and health lobbies, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Assn. will ask President-elect George W. Bush to relax new standards which call for reducing sulfur to 15 parts per million from the current 500 ppm by 2006. Bob Slaughter, general counsel for the association, says 50 ppm is more reasonable — saving refiners billions of dollars in ...

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