Bill would hike fuel price to pay for cleanups

| 4/16/2003

A bill that would add to the price of motor vehicle fuels in California is making its way through the Assembly.

AB1500 has passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, and is now before the Transportation Committee. If the bill becomes law, it could add about 3 cents a gallon to the cost of fuel, The San Francisco Chronicle reported April 11.

The bill calls for $1 to be levied on every barrel of oil made into either diesel or gasoline fuel in the state. The money raised would pay for environmental cleanup programs.

Big business, labor and taxpayer groups are opposing the plan, The Chronicle reported, while environmentalists and some lawmakers are promoting it.