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EPA Denies Georgia's RFG Waiver Request for Atlanta.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied late last week Georgia's request for a waiver from a federal reformulated gas (RFG) mandate for the Atlanta area.

According to RFA, Atlanta is designated a severe nonattainment area for ozone pollution and, under the Clean Air Act, must institute measures to reduce emissions, such as mandating RFG in the region.

"Georgia's waiver request simply failed to make the case," said RFA president Bob Dinneen. "There is no reason the transition to RFG in Atlanta can't be seamless."

The RFA, which submitted its own analysis to counter the waiver request, said Georgia's case was "severely flawed," relying on inaccurate data and making "unreasonable assumptions" about sulfur levels for RFG sold in the region.

RFA said EPA denied the request on the grounds that the administration does not have the legal authority to allow it.

Contact: Monte Shaw, RFA, phone 202-289-3835.

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Title Annotation:Environmental Protection Agency, reformulated gas
Publication:Mobile Emissions Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Oct 6, 2004
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