House panel debates boutique fuels legislation

Republicans and Democrats squared off over “boutique” fuels-special formulations designed to help states and urban areas reach federally mandated air quality improvement goals-in the US House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 7.Democrats on the committee said that draft legislation to further reduce the number of federally approved boutique formulations from seven to three is unnecessary. But several Republicans warned that efforts by states to increase ethanol and biodiesel fuel use could make supply problems reappear.Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said he convened the hearing to determine if more federal action is needed.“There’s no question that blending speci...

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