US NPRA to become American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

04 October 2011 19:45  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) said on Tuesday that it will change its name in January to the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) to better reflect the group’s role in the US economy.

NPRA president Charles Drevna said that the name change was the result of more than a year of consideration and included polling of industry and the general public, including four focus-group sessions in as many US cities earlier this year.

“The new name better describes who we are, what we do and how we serve the American people,” Drevna said in a conference call with reporters.

He said that the name change puts emphasis on the fact that the nation’s refiners and petrochemical producers are “American and manufacturers”.

Drevna said that the change from “refiners” to “fuel manufacturers” would be better understood by most consumers, who have first-hand experience with fuels such as gasoline and home heating oil, but who do not necessarily understand what refining means or produces.

Putting “American” into the group’s new name, he said, was meant to emphasise “that we stand for American manufacturing and jobs, and that we are proven producers of products vital to the country’s economy, national security and a benefit to consumers”.

The name-change will take effect, along with a new logo and web site, on a yet to be determined date in January 2012, the year that marks the group’s 110th anniversary.

Founded as the National Petroleum Association in 1902, the organisation has undergone two previous name changes, to National Petroleum Refiners Association in 1961 and to its current title in 1998.

Drevna said the name change also will better support NPRA’s goal of getting policymakers in the White House and Congress as well as the general public to understand how vital fuels refining and petrochemicals production are to the nation.

He also was critical of regulatory and tax policies of President Barack Obama, charging that since his inauguration the Obama administration has pursued a clear agenda to get the US off of fossil fuels.

“That may be a noble cause for some decades ahead,” Drevna said, “but hydrocarbons will be our national fuel for a long time to come.”

It was unfair of the Obama administration “to demonise our industry and say we’re not paying our fair share of taxes and to try to impose higher taxes on our industry”, he said.

He also was critical of multiple and conflicting federal regulatory policies, especially those of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as impediments to development of US domestic energy resources and fuels.

By: Joe Kamalick
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