Organizations Urge Cleaner Fuel to Help Control Air Pollution
Tom Uhlenbrock Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
An appeal to Gov. Mel Carnahan: Add GLOP-cutting RFG to the SIP headed for the EPA - and do it ASAP.
Environmental and health groups delivered that message Monday at a news conference to discuss how the St. Louis area is going to meet federal air pollution restrictions on ozone.
RFG stands for reformulated gasolines. The groups said RFGs may add four to 10 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas - but will mean cleaner, healthier air.
Nine of America's smoggiest cities must sell reformulated gas by 1995.
Other cities with pollution problems may opt into the program.
"As soon as it's on the market, you'll see an immediate result in the emissions coming out of cars," said Roger Pryor of the Coalition for the Environment.
SIP stands for "state implementation plan," and Missouri must have a draft of one on the desk of Carol Browner, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, by Nov. 15.
The plan will outline a strategy for cutting GLOP - ground-level ozone pollution - in the St. Louis region, which exceeded ozone emission limits six times this summer.
The city must reduce ozone emissions by 15 percent by 1996, and by 20 percent by the year 2000.
Other alternatives are available for reducing emissions, Pryor said, but reformulated gas makes the biggest cut in total air pollution.
ASAP, of course, means as soon as possible. If the state misses the Nov. 15 deadline, it faces several penalties.
While St. …