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FLEXIBILITY GRANTED TO UNITED REFINING TO PRODUCE LOW SULFUR GASOLINE

Release Date: 11/29/2001
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2001

FLEXIBILITY GRANTED TO UNITED REFINING
TO PRODUCE LOW SULFUR GASOLINE

Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824/milbourn.cathy@epa.gov


EPA has approved the United Refining Co., of Warren, Pa., request for hardship relief under the Tier 2/Gasoline Sulfur Standards established under the Clean Air Act. This relief provides the company greater flexibility to produce cleaner, low sulfur gasoline. The Tier 2/Gasoline Sulfur final rule includes provisions allowing refiners to seek temporary relief from the gasoline sulfur standards, based on showing circumstances imposing extreme hardship that significantly affect the refiner’s ability to comply with the requirements by the specific date. A refiner applying for hardship relief also must demonstrate that it has made its best effort to comply with the requirements of the new regulation. Based on the analysis of United’s application and other available information, EPA concluded that United has met each of the required criteria for hardship relief under the provision of the Tier 2/Gasoline sulfur program. The Agency has provided a compliance plan for gasoline sulfur waiver, with conditions specific to United to help ensure proper implementation of the relief. EPA has previously granted two similar hardship approvals in May 2001 to the National Cooperative Refinery Association and the Wyoming Refining Co.

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