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EPA skirts Tier 3 public review

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director, Bob Greco, has urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately extend its comment period for proposed Tier 3 rules. The API has asked that the EPA follow standard Clean Air Act procedures by allowing adequate time for public review.

The EPA’s current proposal, published in the Federal Register, provides for only 23 days of review and comment. According to Greco, this represents an attempt by the EPA to skirt public participation and transparency in order to cram through unnecessary new regulations for gasoline.

Greco has raised concerns about what he has termed an ‘onslaught’ of federal regulations coming out of the EPA that could put upwards pressure on gasoline prices. According to a study by Baker & O’Brien, the Tier 3 rule could significantly increase the cost of producing gasoline, while an ENVIRON report has found that there will also be little or no environmental benefit.

Furthermore, the new Tier 3 rule is superfluous; according to Greco, the current regulations are sufficient. There is already 90% less sulfur in gasoline today than ten years ago and air quality will continue to improve under the existing standard.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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