Thursday, January 18, 2007

Western oil companies lobby White House on benzene gasoline rule

The US EPA has faced criticism from senators from Washington and Oregon for a proposal that would allow more benzene in gasoline in the Northwest.

Now some oil companies are pushing back! Some lobbyists for Sinclair Oil Company and some other companies met this week at the White House to argue against tougher limits. See materials below from White House OMB web site.

These companies and their lobbyists argued for more lenient requirements for refineries located in the Rocky Mountain states and the Pacific Northwest.

This looks like an eleventh-hour, backdoor attempt to water down any standards. Once again, industry lobbyists are appealing to the White House to weaken EPA requirements.


EPA is expected to issue final rules by Feb. 9.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/oira/2060/meetings/579.html

Meeting Record Regarding: MSAT (Mobile Source Air Toxics)
Date: 1/16/2007
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Name
Affiliation
Client (if applicable) -->
Art Fraas
OMB/OIRA

Stephen brown
Dutko (For Tesoro)

Ned Kendrick
Montgomery & Andrews (for Giant)

Gene Burden
Tesoro

David Anderson
OMB

Jon Gans
OMB

Steve Aitken
OMB/OIRA

David Rostker
OMB/OIRA

Clint Ensign
Sinclair

Kathryn Sargent
EPA

Tad Wyson
EPA

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