02 June 2005 21:53 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (CNI)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday it will reject petitions by ?xml:namespace>
EPA assistant administrator Jeff Holmstead said the US Congress has required the use of oxygenates as part of the clean fuels program “and has made it clear that this requirement can only be waived if a state demonstrates that it prevents or interferes with the state's ability to meet national air quality standards.”
He added: “
RFG is a cleaner burning gasoline that has been used since 1995 in certain metropolitan areas of the
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The EPA said it agreed with
The Agency said it rejected
It added: “Without this information, EPA could not evaluate whether the oxygen content requirement prevents or interferes with attainment of the smog or particulate matter standards and therefore must deny the waiver request.”
The EPA’s decision was welcomed by the ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), which represents ethanol producers.
Said RFA president Bob Dinneen: “The science is clear: ethanol-blended RFG reduces total smog forming emissions. Given that, the EPA had no choice but to uphold the Clean Air Act RFG provisions.”
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