Transparency at EPA still Missing
The EPA is working on another emission testing program, one that will cost $25 million and last five years. This comes on the heels of a previous emissions study funded by the EPA. When the Urban Air Initiative learned about the program, we asked the EPA and Southwest Research Institute who is doing the testing for more details on the scope of work, especially related to ethanol.
In addition, we raised the issue with Kansas Congressman Ron Estes. He also sent a letter to the EPA asking for more information and transparency, especially in light of the forthcoming anti-backsliding study and the MOVES Model that Urban Air has long argued needs to be based on real world fuels rather than match blended fuels from a laboratory.
“There is nothing more important to the ethanol industry than to have an accurate report card in terms of emissions,” said UAI Technical Director Steve Vander Griend. “Understanding fuel properties and the impact on emissions is going to determine the future of ethanol. The EPA has the ability to stop us in our tracks if it rules that ethanol pollutes, and we are concerned the EPA is headed in that direction.”
Urban Air remains committed to holding the EPA accountable and will provide updates when we learn more about the emissions testing program and whether Representative Estes hears any feedback as well.