NPRA: US refiners need sound policy for competitive edge

The US refining industry should oppose the passage of pending environmental legislation if it has questionable benefits, according to Gary R. Heminger, president of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC. Heminger spoke Mar. 23 in San Antonio to attendees of the 102nd annual meeting of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.Heminger identified three legislative areas that could create problems for refiners: the 8-hr ozone standard; the proposed Climate Stewardship Act of 2003 (CSA), sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.); and the carbon dioxide emissions trading program."As an industry, we find ourselves fully engaged energetically and simultaneously on t...

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