1990 Clean Air Act Amendments co-architect calls for broader ethanol market

October 6, 2010 |

In Washington, C. Boyden Gray, one of the architects of the historic 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments that established the nation’s reformulated gasoline program, called for increased regulation of air toxics by the Environmental Protection Agency and in so doing, increasing the market for ethanol.

Writing in an Ethanol Across America White Paper,  Mr. Gray notes that ethanol’s high octane value allows it to replace a number of harmful components of gasoline and saves tens of thousands of lives annually.  He further states that increasing the use of ethanol would result in less toxic aromatics being used in gasoline and a direct reduction in fine particle, or particulate matter (PM) pollution.  Mr. Gray calls on EPA to use their existing authority for stricter enforcement of toxic aromatics which can achieve comparable reductions to current measures imposed on stationary sources for a fraction of the cost.

Douglas A. Durante, Director of the Ethanol Across America education campaign said, “Boyden Gray has championed the cause of clean fuels and public health for decades.  He reminds us all in this paper that ethanol has and will continue to be a key component of reformulated gasoline and could do even more as we improve fuel quality by reducing toxic aromatics.”

Download the white paper here.

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