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Tier 3 and the Regulatory Wave

ozone  refineries  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 5, 2013

Reasons why the oil and natural gas industry talks about a regulatory “tsunami” coming down from EPA:

  • A newly proposed Tier 3 rule to further lower sulfur content in gasoline – that would have “very small” additional environmental benefit, according to a recent study. At the same time, it could increase the manufacturing cost of gasoline by up to 9 cents per gallon. (More on Tier 3 below.)
  • Increases in the federal ethanol mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard – which could add to the manufacturing cost of gasoline by about 30 percent by 2015, according to a study by NERA Economic Consulting. (Posts on that here, here, here and here.)
  • A potential vapor pressure reduction requirement that could increase refinery costs.
  • An expected Refinery Sector Rule, new ozone requirements and greenhouse gas controls for refineries.

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Blogger Conference Call - EPA Overreach

clean air act  congress  efficiency  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 31, 2011

The U.S. Senate could vote today on measures addressing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources. These measures and the EPA's regulatory proposal on ozone were the topics of discussion in a blogger conference call on Tuesday. Howard Feldman, API's director of scientific and regulatory affairs; Misty McGowen, director of federal relations; and Khary Cauthen, director of federal relations, took questions from bloggers about Congressional action to limit EPA overreach

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EPA Seeks Delay for New Ozone Rules

energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  over regulation  ozone standard  ozone regulations 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 8, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today asked the court for permission to delay completion of its new ozone standard in order to seek more information from the Clean Air Science Advisory Center (CASAC). The CASAC recommended a more stringent ozone standard than the current 0.075 parts per million (ppm) imposed during the Bush Administration. EPA has been considering a standard in the 0.060-0.070 ppm range.

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EPA and the Election

clean air act  congress  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  ghg  ghg emissions  greenhouse gas  greenhouse gas emissions  obama administration  over regulation  ozone standard  senate 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 4, 2010

Pundits and reporters today are speculating on the election results' impact on proposed environmental regulations, including the future of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act. 

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