EPA denies gasoline oxygen waiver for California

The US Environmental Protection Agency last week denied California's request to waive the federal oxygen content requirement for reformulated gasoline (RFG).EPA Administrator Christie Whitman said, "After an extensive analysis, the agency concluded that there is significant uncertainty over the change in emissions that would result from a waiver. California has not clearly demonstrated what the impact on smog would be from a waiver of the oxygen mandate. We cannot grant a waiver for California, since there is no clear evidence that a waiver will help California to reduce harmful levels of air pollutants."The dilemmaIn April 1999, California Gov. Gray Davis asked the agency to waive th...

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