Dear Mr. Parsons:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce appreciates the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule titled, “Fuels Regulatory Streamlining,” hereafter referred to as the “Proposed Rule,” that proposes to streamline the agency’s existing fuel quality regulations for gasoline, diesel, and other non-Renewable Fuel Standards fuels.
We support EPA’s efforts to update these fuel quality regulations to remove redundant compliance provisions, eliminate out-of-date requirements, and improve the clarity of the regulatory text. This rulemaking has the potential to reduce unnecessary testing and other compliance burdens on a broad range of gasoline and diesel fuel producers, distributors, and retailers while maintaining the same environmental protections of the agency’s emissions reduction programs. The rule will also update the regulations to be more reflective of today’s fuels marketplace that has evolved over the last several decades since EPA began regulating fuels, fuel additives, and regulated blendstocks.