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RFA Urges EPA to Deny CA Oxygenate Waiver Request.

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted formal comments earlier this week urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny the state of California's request for a waiver from the Clean Air Act reformulated gasoline (RFG) standard after concluding that the state's submittal "fails to satisfy the legal requirements to obtain a waiver."

Specifically, RFA maintains that the California request "[uses] an outdated and inaccurate model to predict impact of oxygenate use on NOx emissions; [ignores] reductions in direct PM emissions from ethanol use; incorrectly [assumes] every molecule of NOx emissions directly translates to PM formation; [ignores] substantial reductions in CO emissions from ethanol use; [discounts] reactivity of CO in ozone formation; and [ignores] the sizeable reductions in exhaust emissions attributable to ethanol from non-road engines."

"California has simply failed to demonstrate that eliminating the oxygenate requirement will improve air quality," said RFA president Bob Dinneen. "Quite frankly, after reviewing the most recent and accurate science, California should be seeking to increase, not decrease, the oxygen content of its fuel. By allowing 10-percent ethanol blends, California would reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) equivalent emissions by 72 tons per day...."

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

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Date:May 28, 2004
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