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NPRA president applauds ethanol protection measure

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), issued the following statement on 19th February following the House passage of an amendment blocking federal funding of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action implementing the use of a higher level of ethanol in gasoline.

Drevna, speaking from Washington, said: ‘Every American who owns a car, light duty truck, motorcycle, snowmobile or outdoor power equipment will benefit by the House vote that has the effect of blocking the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol, known as E15. House members in both parties have served the best interests of the American people on this important consumer protection issue, and we urge the senate to join them.

‘EPA’s approval of the sale of E15 for late model cars and light duty trucks was unwise and premature, because thorough and objective scientific testing to establish whether E15 will damage gasoline powered engines has not been completed. In addition, EPA approval of E15 was unlawful because it did not cover all gasoline powered engines. It could have led to misfueling that could have cost Americans millions of dollars in engine repair bills.

‘America’s petroleum refiners have been manufacturing safe, reliable and proven fuels to serve the American people for more than 100 years and will be doing so for many decades to come. We appreciate the work of Representative John Sullivan and the many House members who supported his important consumer protection amendment.’

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