The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 3 gasoline sulfur rule, if passed could cost billions of dollars. A new study from ENVIRON International Corporation found that it would do very little to reduce fine particulates and improve air quality.
Comments from Feldman
American Petroleum Institute (API) Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Howard Feldman has passed comment on the new report.
‘The proposed Tier 3 regulation is a good example of the theory of diminishing returns. The fact is, most of the sulfur in gasoline has already been removed, thanks to the Tier 2 rules that reduce sulfur in gasoline by 90% from an average of 300 ppm to 30 ppm.
‘Unfortunately, Tier 3 is just one of several ill conceived EPA regulations that would adversely impact refineries and could hurt consumers. Together, these rules could not only put upward pressure on energy prices, they also could severely discourage business expansion and new development and deprive the nation of much needed new jobs.
‘EPA’s regulatory agenda is becoming dangerously untethered from common sense. EPA’s refusal to be guided by science has meant that many of its proposed regulations have become needless obstables to economic recovery and growth, and in the long term will be a threat to our nation’s reemergence as a global energy leader. Most troubling, it is harming the American consumer, the very group that it was created to protect.
‘EPA has an important public trust to keep: protecting the environment. We understand that, and we understand the need to have regulations. Over the years, we have spent bazillions complying with them, and there have been some real environmental improvements. But the agency also has a duty and responsibility to be guided by common sense and science, not ideology. Lately EPA has not lived up to that responsibility. We need an EPA that understands the needs of the environment and the American consumer.’
Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd.
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