EPA: Existing Programs Already Reducing Ozone

By January 3, 2008Global Warming

EPA is proposing a stricter ozone rule that many experts say is just wrong-headed.

EPA’s current ozone standard has drastically reduced smog and needs more time to go into full effect, critics of the proposed rule say. Imposing a new, more stringent ozone rule now would cause unnecessary economic hardship and job losses, they argue. And a new standard probably would be unattainable in many parts of the country.

EPA just released a report that seems to support some of what the proposal’s critics are saying. According to EPA, some of its existing ozone reduction programs are performing better than planned. Here’s what EPA said about its report, Fuel Trends Report: Gasoline 1995-2005:

EPA’s clean fuels programs have exceeded expectations in reducing ozone pollutants and air toxics. A new report based on data collected from 1995-2005 finds emission reductions often significantly greater than regulatory requirements. The data, which provide a view of recent gasoline property trends, are mainly from EPA’s reformulated gasoline (RFG) and anti-dumping programs.

According to the report, average sulfur content in all gasoline dropped to about 90 parts per million in 2005 from a whopping 300 parts per million in 1997. Conventional gasoline nitrogen oxide and toxics emissions also decreased, the report said.

To read the report in full, click here.

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  • Bobby Fontaine says:

    There are two components to creating ozone, one is nitrogen oxide, NO’s, and the others are Non Methane Volatile Organic Compounds or NMVOC’s often mislabeled as VOC’s, like formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, which RFGs increase the emissions of both, and nitrous oxides, NOXs, because they make engines run hotter.

    It is cool though to see the government pretending that things are better when they aren’t because they are the government and we do have our reputation as the leader of the free world to think of. I mean what if all the countries that follow our lead on reformulated fuels found out we are lying about how they effects our health and the environment.

    I have been to meetings at two different senators offices over this issue back in the 1990’s and was told that a lot of very important people had invested money behind the RFG programs the EPA is talking about. And they said that the fact that they don’t work was not going to mean they were going to stop using them.

    So the system works. Now We have ethanol to replace MTBE to make reformulated gasoline with. I mean rich people spend a lot of money getting control of the government so they can do whatever they want right? And we can see here clearly that the system works because they are definitely unpoposed on this issue.

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