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Rule would clean truck emissions

The government proposed regulations Wednesday it said would eliminate almost all pollution from buses and heavy trucks.

For the first time, new big trucks would be required to have the kind of pollution control equipment long mandated for automobiles. The rules also direct that most sulfur be removed from diesel fuel to prevent the new emission control devices from becoming clogged. The goal is to cut the pollution by nearly 95 percent.

Carol Browner, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dismissed complaints from the oil and trucking industries that the cleaner fuel could cause diesel shortages and that it would cost too much.

REST STOPS BACKED: The National Transportation Safety Board, in an effort to help truck drivers get more rest while on the road, called Wednesday for an end to the ban on private development of rest areas on some interstate highways.

The NTSB concluded there are not enough truck parking spaces in some parts of the country, especially near urban areas and in parts of the Northeast and the South.

Also . . .

AIRLINE CHEMICAL RULE: The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration advise airline carriers about the dangers of transporting hydrogen peroxide, a hazardous material that could cause a fire. The recommendation was in response to a hydrogen peroxide spill aboard a Northwest Airlines passenger flight on Oct. 28, 1998, from Orlando to Memphis, Tenn.