, NACS Director , Legislative Affairs , and NACS counsel reviewed proposed legislation relating to the federal oxygenate mandate for reformulated gasoline ( RFG ) and that mandate's interaction with California Air Resources Board II gasoline , as well as concerns raised about MTBE and gasoline.The Committee decided to recommend to the Government Relations Committee that when considering any legislative proposals regarding MTBE and other oxygenates , the following principles should be considered : oppose legislation that would ban the use of MTBE in gasoline ; support legislation or regulation establishing performance standards for motor fuels , instead of prescriptive standards ; support federal legislation that would pre-empt states' imposing requirements to use or ban the use of particular oxygenates ; and oppose additional labeling requirements for pump retailers in which the particular oxygenate content of gasoline must be identified.
Gasoline/Diesel Sulfur ProposalMs. Alexander
and NACS counsel Greg Scott of Collier , Shannon , Rill & Scott
, reviewed the status of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
( EPA ) proposed rules on reducing the sulfur content in gasoline and diesel fuel.
and NACS Counsel Jeff Leiter of Collier , Shannon , Rill and Scott , reviewed proposals to increase the fees shippers and offerors of hazardous materials ( HazMats ) , including motor fuels , must pay.
explained that staff was seeking to develop a resource to assist NACS
in identifying topics NACS should pursue for development of information pieces for distribution to members.The staff believes that such an editorial board will ensure that NACS' focus on motor fuels issues is on track.
discussed the efforts of a group of high-profile Republicans to provide a forum and means of obtaining recognition for pro-environment legislation and actions undertaken by members of the Republican Party. The Committee agreed that NACS
should support this coalition.
The Committee agreed that Mr. Folks should provide Ms. Alexander
with the necessary information for NACS
to make a decision on participation and support in this effort.