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Coalition send letter to EPA regarding mid level ethanol

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, along with 40 other associations and organisations have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, urging the Agency to base any decision allowing the introduction of mid level ethanol blends into the nation’s fuel supply on a complete scientific record that includes up to date information and public comment on data and testing.

Letter extracts
‘We write to express our concern that EPA may decide to allow the introduction into commerce of mid level ethanol blends such as E15 based on new information that was not available for public comment when the docket was open last year.’

‘We respectfully but strongly request that EPA provide for a second period of public comment on any data, tests, or studies that EPA may take into consideration in making its determination if such information was not available for review and comment as of the close of the initial public comment period on July 20th, 2009.’

‘We continue to urge EPA to base any decision to permit the introduction of mid level ethanol blends, whether a general waiver or the ‘partial’ waiver concept on which EPA invited public comment previously, on a complete and sound scientific record and in accordance with the procedures of the Clean Air Act….To the extent that there are additions to this scientific record subsequent to July 20th, 2009 on which EPA will base its ultimate decision, the public must have an opportunity to review and comment on those additions prior to an EPA decision.’

Signatories included

American Conservative Union

American Petroleum Institute

Association of International Automobile Manufacturers

Consumer Federation of America

International Liquid Terminals Association

National Marine Manufacturers Association

National Resources Defense Council

Public Citizen

Petroleum Marketers Association of America

Union of Concerned Scientists

Source: NPRA press release

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