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December 19, 2000

EPA says no decision yet on California fuel waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday denied it has made a decision to allow California to make cleaner-burning "reformulated" gasoline without using ethanol or other fuel oxygen boosters.

"We're not at the threshold of making any decision," EPA Assistant Administrator Robert Perciasepe told Reuters, responding to statements from a member of Congress which suggested a decision was near.

EPA has been considering California's request for a waiver from the federal oxygen-content requirement for reformulated gasoline since early this year.

By law, the cleaner-burning motor fuel, which is required in cities with the worst air pollution, must contain at least two percent oxygen.

After MTBE began showing up in groundwater supplies, California took steps to ban the fuel additive from its gasoline by the end of 2002. It also asked EPA for a waiver from the 2-percent oxygen content requirement, so it could make reformulated gasoline with using any oxygenates.

U.S. corn farmers, anxious for a huge new market in California, strongly oppose the waiver. They also fear it could set a precedent for EPA action in other states where reformulated gasoline is required.

On Friday, Rep. Gil Gutknecht, Minnesota Republican, said he had "received news from credible sources" that the Clinton administration was prepared to grant the waiver. That would deal a severe blow to the ethanol industry, Midwest farmers and the goal of cleaner air, he said.

To help make its decision, EPA requested studies from a number of outside consultants and received the last of those in early December. But Perciasepe refused to say if EPA could be in position before the Clinton administration leaves office on Jan. 20 to make a decision on the issue.

"A lot of it is going to depend on the technical analysis of the work that's been done. We said since summer that the complexity of issue required much more detailed analysis than we anticipated earlier," Perciasepe said.  

 

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