05 May 2009 21:29 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US refiners and petrochemical producers warned on Tuesday that federal plans to implement new biofuels mandates lack scientific basis and ignore commercial and market realities.
The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said that regulations proposed earlier on Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce higher ethanol production and consumption mandates fall short in several areas.
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The rules proposed by EPA on Tuesday would establish percentage-based standards that refiners, importers and blenders of gasoline and diesel fuel would have to use year-by-year to meet the 36bn gal/year goal set for 2022.
However, NPRA president Charlie Drevna said that the proposed EPA plan for enforcing the new ethanol mandate does not resolve “questions of commercial viability, product liability and the lack of adequate scientific review”.
He said he hopes that during the 60-day comment period for the proposed regulations “EPA will seriously and transparently consider the concerns raised by fuel, public health, environmental and engine manufacturing interests” before making the rules final.
He cited earlier concerns raised by environmentalists, chemical companies, health groups and automotive interests who charge that federal ethanol mandates contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, divert agricultural land from food production, lower
The EPA proposed rule was issued as part of a multi-agency effort by the Obama administration to shore-up the
The proposed RFS enforcement rule is open to public comment until early July.
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