The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is concerned by
today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to proceed with
Tier 3 rulemaking imposing new vehicle emissions and fuel standards. The
proposal will require further reductions in sulfur levels in gasoline to an
average of 10 parts per million (ppm), a seventy percent drop from today’s very
low levels without significant benefits.
haven’t had the opportunity to review the report, EPA’s decision to move forward
with Tier 3’s gasoline sulfur reduction program is completely without merit
given that the Agency has not previously offered any cost/benefit analysis to
justify this onerous rulemaking,” said AFPM President Charles T. Drevna. “The
Agency’s failure until today to provide any information on the need for this
discretionary rule, despite repeated requests from American fuel manufacturers,
strongly suggests the lack of a credible case.”
refiners have reduced sulfur levels in gasoline from an average of 300ppm in
2004 to an average of 30ppm today. The adverse economic impacts of Tier 3
rulemaking have attracted bi-partisan Congressional concern, and a group of
House and Senate Democrats have sent letters to the Administration asking for a
more transparent process and information on potential benefits before
proceeding with final rulemaking.
refiners have already spent billions of dollars to achieve a 90 percent
reduction in sulfur levels, but Tier 3 will require another $10 billion in new
infrastructure and another $2.4 billion per year in operating costs on an
industry already burdened by questionable regulations.
rulemaking that targets trace amounts of sulfur in gasoline is not worth the
direct threat to our domestic fuel supply, consumer cost at the pump and
American jobs,” Drevna concluded.