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NCGA CALLS ON BUSH FOR CLEAN AIR RULING BY AUGUST 25

 NCGA CALLS ON BUSH FOR CLEAN AIR RULING BY AUGUST 25
 ST. LOUIS, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Corn Growers


Association (NCGA) called on President Bush and the EPA to decide on ethanol's participation in the reformulated gasoline program by Aug. 25.
 On Monday, Aug. 3, NCGA, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the ethanol industry provided EPA technical data which reiterates ethanol does not increase ozone more than MTBE, a petroleum derivative, which EPA plans to include in the program.
 "The president and EPA now have sufficient evidence to make an informed decision based on sound science, rather than politics," said NCGA President Tim Trotter, a Coal City, Ill. farmer.
 The study was directed by ICGA along with Systems Application International (a photochemical testing firm), the Illinois Department of Environmental Resources, the ethanol industry and NCGA. The emission test, conducted in the Chicago-Milwaukee area, determined the peak ozone concentration for ethanol-blended reformulated gasoline (RFG) and petroleum-based methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)-blended RFG was virtually indistinguishable. An exposure analysis indicates ethanol- blended RFG actually produced less ozone than MTBE-blended RFG over the most populated areas. The area of peak ozone was projected to occur over Lake Michigan.
 "The results of this study stress the point that there is no reason to exclude ethanol from the RFG market," Trotter said. "Ethanol is environmentally friendly, and its production and use are beneficial to U.S. corn farmers and consumers alike."
 The emission test examined the potential ozone impact of a 100 percent penetration of 10 percent ethanol blends in all gasoline-powered vehicles in the four-state Chicago-Milwaukee regional area for 1995. The air quality impacts of the ethanol blends were compared to an 11 percent MTBE gasoline blend that meets the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) and RFG requirements. The study also used several sources of information to characterize the effects of in-use fleet and non-road emission sources.
 The use of ethanol under provisions of the CAAA is currently under fire. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presently weighing options for ethanol's role in RFG in the United States.
 The comment period on EPA's proposed regulations for RFG is set to conclude Aug. 14.
 The NCGA is a national commodity organization with more than 26,000 members in 45 states and 23 affiliated state associations. The group is based in St. Louis and is a catalyst in developing new industrial markets for corn.
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 /CONTACT: Tim Trotter, 815-634-3020, or Debbie Rudin, 314-275-9915, both of NCGA/ CO: National Corn Growers Association ST: Missouri IN: SU:


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