July 2002

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Ethanol pollution concerns raised by EPA. In a letter to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), EPA states, "Recent testing performed at several ethanol production facilities indicates emissions of vo..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ethanol pollution concerns raised by EPA. In a letter to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), EPA states, "Recent testing performed at several ethanol production facilities indicates emissions of volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide many times greater than that stated by the companies in the permitting process. . . . We expect that this circumstance is not unique to the tested facilities, but rather is common to most, if not all, ethanol facilities." The EPA is meeting with RFA representatives to explore "an expedited resolution to these issues." Aside from pollution concerns, critics of ethanol's choice as a fuel additive claim that its manufacture is both energy-intensive and e

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