WASHINGTON – The
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) will submit comments on
the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Rulemaking on Tier 3 Motor
Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. AFPM is joined by the American Petroleum
Institute (API) in opposing a discretionary rulemaking to reduce the sulfur
content in gasoline, for which EPA has failed to provide adequate scientific
justification, technical need, or cost effectiveness.
If finalized, it would
decrease the gasoline sulfur average from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10ppm,
but have negligible environmental benefit with respect to vehicle emissions or
improvements in air quality.
“Not only is EPA’s Tier
3 proposal not justified, it is illogical, as well. It will force refiners to
invest in energy intensive sulfur reduction equipment that will actually
increase greenhouse gas emissions,” said AFPM President Charles T. Drevna. “The
new rule could threaten the existence of some refineries while imposing a
high-cost, minimal benefit regulatory requirement on America’s existing heavily
regulated fuel supply.”
Refiners have already
dramatically reduced sulfur levels in gasoline by 90 percent since 2004. EPA's
own data indicates fuel emissions will continue to decrease without Tier 3. As written, the rule could lead to domestic
fuel supply reductions and higher petroleum product imports while potentially
increasing consumer costs and reducing U.S. energy security.
“We understand that the
general public isn’t likely to be concerned about increased regulations and
costs to refiners, but Tier 3 will ultimately be an additional economic burden
to consumers at the pump,” Drevna said.