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Tesoro Refinery Volunteers To Make Cleaner Fuel

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Utah’s petroleum refineries aren’t legally required to make the super-clean Tier 3 fuel. But the state’s largest refinery has decided to produce that fuel anyhow in what’s seen as an important move for Wasatch Front air quality.

Tesoro leaders says they will begin cutting the sulfur in the gasoline refined here by two-thirds over the next four years. To do it, the company has to add new equipment that will cost around $100 million.

“Everybody’s got to do their part,” says Utah native Karma Thomson, vice president of Tesoro’s Salt Lake City Refinery and a member of the state Air Quality Board. “And I saw a huge advantage in Tier 3 gasoline, specifically for this region.” (…)

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