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PEA URGES MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN MOBILE EMISSION REDUCTIONS

 PEA URGES MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN MOBILE EMISSION REDUCTIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the Pennsylvania Electric Association (PEA) today urged the state legislature not to foreclose any option in designing an emission reduction strategy for mobile sources of ozone precursors.
 William A. Badger, presenting testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee, which is considering House Bill No. 2751, said emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from mobile sources "must be adequately controlled" if Pennsylvania is to achieve and maintain ambient air quality standards for ozone mandated in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. NOx and VOC are the precursors of ground-level ozone.
 "According to the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment," Badger said, "the most important single source of VOC emissions are mobile sources (vehicles), which release about 50 percent of all VOC. The electric utility industry is an insignificant emitter of VOC, estimated to contribute much less than 1 percent of the total."
 Mobile sources, according to the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program, Badger added, are also the largest single source of NOx, although electric utility coal-fired boilers also produce significant amounts of NOx.
 "Pennsylvania's electric utilities," Badger pointed out to the committee, "have already initiated programs under the Clean Air Act Amendments to significantly reduce NOx emissions."
 The PEA president, in commenting on specific provisions of HB 2751, pointed out that the bill's prohibition on California reformulated fuel "forecloses an option" and was therefore inconsistent with the principle of flexibility. He also questioned the fairness of using the Utilities Gross Receipts Tax to fund the alternative fuels program in the bill.
 While supporting the "desirable objective of promoting alternative fuel vehicles" in the commonwealth, Badger said, "We believe that customers using gas, electric and telephone service should not be required to finance programs totally unrelated to consumption of these services."
 PEA is the trade association of the 11 investor-owned electric utilities in Pennsylvania. These utilities provide electric service to about 95 percent of the state's population and supply about 98 percent of the electric energy consumed in the commonwealth.
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