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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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EPA to hold a hearing August 21 in Detroit on
Benzene content of gasoline.

Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 16:46:31 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: MAXIMUM BENZENE PERFORMANCE REQUIRMENTS PROPOSED FOR GASOLINE
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!/MAXIMUM BENZENE PERFORMANCE REQUIR. PROPOSED FOR GAS./SCROLL
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2000
MAXIMUM BENZENE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS PROPOSED FOR GASOLINE
EPA is proposing to set maximum limits on the amount of benzene, a known human
carcinogen, in conventional gasoline and cleaner-burning reformulated 
gasoline. The proposed standards would
require refiners to maintain their average 1998-1999 benzene levels. As a 
result of EPA's clean air programs that
have produced cleaner cars and cleaner burning gasoline, benzene levels 
nationwide in urban areas decreased 39
percent between 1993 and 1998. Some cities that use cleaner burning 
gasoline have seen even greater reductions.
For example, benzene levels in Milwaukee, Houston, and Los Angeles 
decreased between 44 and 52 percent. This
proposal will ensure that the positive steps we have already taken to 
reduce benzene levels continue and at
negligible cost. Because motor vehicles emit a variety of pollutants such 
as benzene that can cause cancer and
other adverse health effects, EPA plans to continue to evaluate emissions 
of these pollutants to ensure adequate
protection of public health and the environment. There will be a public 
hearing on the proposal in Detroit,
Michigan on August 21, followed by a 30 day public comment period. For more 
information on this proposal and other
transportation and air quality issues visit: 
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/toxics.htm.

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