Press Release Summary:
On April 10th, 2007, Charles T. Drevna, Executive Vice President, NPRA, commented on the EPA rules to implement the renewable fuels standard (RFS). Drevna congratulates the EPA for its facilitation of early engagement, cooperative efforts, and open discussion involving all stakeholders, and the EPA has issued a reasonable framework to implement the RFS provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Original Press Release:
NPRA Comments on EPA's Rules to Implement the Renewable Fuels
Washington, D.C., April 10, 2007 -- Charles T. Drevna, Executive Vice President, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rules to implement the renewable fuels standard (RFS). Mr. Drevna said: "NPRA believes that the RFS credit trading program - the core of the program - must be understandable, allow unambiguous enforcement, and promote adequate flexibility for refiners and gasoline importers."
Drevna congratulates EPA for its facilitation of early engagement, cooperative efforts, and open discussion involving all stakeholders. NPRA supported EPA's proposal last year. The Agency has issued a reasonable framework to implement the RFS provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
NPRA's members are dedicated to working cooperatively with government at all levels to ensure an adequate supply of transportation fuels. Increasing demand for transportation fuels will continue to be met by a combination of increased U.S. refining capacity, additional imports of finished petroleum products, biofuels, and continued technological advances in refinery processes. A free market-based fuel transportation system is the best mechanism to insure development of the requisite infrastructure to support increased use of biofuels. There is universal agreement, and the marketplace has indeed proved, that biofuels will continue to be a strong and growing component of the nation's transportation fuel mix.
NPRA has advocated that new state renewable mandates should be preempted. New state biofuel mandates should be subject to the requirement that they be examined by EPA for their impact on either the fuel production or distribution system. "Congress did not anticipate the proliferation of new state ethanol and biodiesel mandates when it passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Neither Congress nor the Administration should take a pass on considering the potentially serious impacts of politically popular, but economically and environmentally questionable, state ethanol or biodiesel mandates," Drevna said.
NPRA members include more than 450 companies, including virtually all US refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. Our members supply consumers with a wide variety of products and services used daily in their homes and businesses. These products include gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, jet fuel, lubricants and the chemicals that serve as "building blocks" in making everything from plastics to clothing to medicine to computers.
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