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EPA Publishes Proposed List for Boutique Fuels

Release Date: 06/01/2006
Contact Information: John Millett, (202) 564-4355 /

(6/1/06) To comply with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, EPA is publishing a proposed list of seven different "boutique fuel" types. A boutique fuel is a unique fuel specification developed by a state or local air pollution agency and approved by EPA as part of a state plan to meet the nation's air quality standards. The proposed list will help limit the number of different state fuels required around the country and serve as the basis for any future adoption of boutique fuels. EPA is requesting public comment on the proposed list.

The existence of too many fuels or fuel types in a given area may present challenges for production, distribution, and storage during disruptions, such as refinery shutdowns or weather-related incidents. To address this issue, President Bush has directed EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to convene a Boutique Fuels Task Force in cooperation with Governors. Administrator Johnson will provide the president a report detailing the findings from the Governor's Boutique Fuels Task Force in late June.

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