FINAL PHASE 2 RFG ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SUMMARY OCTOBER 18, 1994 Introduction The Phase 2 Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Advisory Committee met on October 18, 1994, in the second of a series of planned meetings. The Advisory Committee's Chairwoman, Miss Jacqueline Schafer, began the meeting by giving a brief introduction to the Performance, Transition, and Public Education Subcommittee's activities. The Performance Subcommittee has met three times prior to the October 18, 1994 Advisory Committee meeting, and the Transition and Public Education Committees have both met two times. Each subcommittee has developed a mission statement and defined key activities and schedules for the next two years (attached). Miss Schafer related that confidentiality and antitrust concerns are key issues affecting the transition subcommittee's work and, to a lessor extent, the work of the other subcommittees. The Air Resources Board (ARB), California Energy Commission (CEC), and the Attorney General's Office jointly developed guiding principles regarding both confidentiality and antitrust concerns. Miss Schafer proposed that these principles serve as guidelines for the committee and subcommittees. The guiding principles were enclosed in the material handed out at the meeting and are attached to this summary. Presentation on Performance Subcommittee Efforts Mr. Dean Simeroth of the ARB discussed the Performance subcommittee compatibility and performance test program. The following points were made: - The subcommittee has developed an on-road and an off-road draft test protocol. Test protocols include test schedules, description of fuel and fleets, emission inspections, data collection and analyses, and fuel sampling and analyses. - The test schedule has a preliminary phase of fleet selection, contracting arrangements, and pretest inspections from November 1994 to January 1995. Actual testing extends from February 1995 to August 1995. - Test fuels specifications and make-up were given as a range of values. The subcommittee recommended the use of "normal" fuels, i.e., fuel used by the general public as the control fuel. This will help contain cost and avoid fuel changes in the control vehicles. - The on-road test fleet will include at least 1,000 test vehicles and potentially 1,000 control vehicles, both pre- and post-1985 vehicles. The off-road fleet testing has already begun for some utility, lawn and garden equipment; arrangements have been made for testing of marine and agricultural engines. - To supplement the vehicle and engine testing, bench testing will be conducted with Phase 2 test fuel modified to contain ethanol, a low aromatic Phase 2 test fuel, RFA (baseline fuel), and Phase 2 test fuel to test material compatibility. A copy of the presentation is attached. Presentation on Transition Subcommittee Efforts Mr. Gerry Bemis of the CEC presented a monthly schedule of the Transition Subcommittee key activities and discussed the projected California gasoline supply and demand situation. In summary: - In October, the subcommittee evaluated historical and anticipated California supply, demand, and reserve capacity. - In November and December 1994 and January 1995, the subcommittee is scheduled to address distribution issues, regional issues, and federal RFG implementation issues respectively. - Preliminary CEC forecasts indicate that supplies of California RFG will be adequate. - The CEC and ARB will refine the RFG supply data using the Joint CEC/ARB RFG survey form. Cooperation from refiners will enable the CEC to make more accurate forecasts of expected production, maximum production, and import volumes. - All data will be aggregated so that no individual provider's data can be ascertained. - Fuel suppliers' plans are dynamic; therefore, the CEC will update data as the implementation date approaches. The CEC will meet with individual data providers in November and December 1994; this information will be summarized and presented to the Transition subcommittee on January 18, 1995 and to the full Advisory Committee on February 1, 1995. A copy of the presentation is attached. Presentation on Public Education Subcommittee Efforts Mr. Ron Friesen of the ARB presented the Public Education Subcommittee's outreach program. The outreach program includes, an outreach plan, fact sheets, a newsletter, a proposal for a public relations contract, and other products. - The outreach plan is the blueprint for targeting key audiences, developing messages, and exploring appropriate media options. - The subcommittee expects to develop a series of facts sheets that are intended to inform the general public about RFG issues. - Also, the subcommittee expects to develop a quarterly newsletter which is intended for the more informed individual regarding advisory committee and subcommittee activities. - The subcommittee will propose a public relations contract to advise on the development of the outreach plan. A copy of the presentation is attached. Open Discussion and Comments Following the Presentations Chairwoman Schafer announced the availability of an ARB electronic bulletin board which would have a portion devoted specifically to RFG issues. Users would be able to view and download, among other things, RFG Committee and Subcommittee meeting agendas and summaries. This service is scheduled to go on-line in November 1994 and will have an access number of (916) 322-2826. Some of the comments from the committee were as follows. - Funds need to be set aside for purchase of RFG and for RFG public announcements; Chairwoman Schafer requested committee members to contribute. - Texaco expressed concerns regarding the use of low-aromatics RFG. Texaco based these concerns on fuel-related problems experienced by one of its affiliates; the problems were attributed to conventional gasoline with a low aromatic hydrocarbon content. - The ARB is monitoring United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) RFG activities and the implementation of the federal program. Also, a U.S. EPA representative is on the Transition subcommittee and will report to the Advisory Committee on February 1, 1995. - The federal Energy Information Administration has issued a report on supply and demand of EPA RFG. Critical issues in implementing EPA RFG appear to be administrative in nature. - Although oil company participation on the Transition subcommittee can be characterized as "light," the CEC and ARB are having one-on-one meetings with the oil companies to gather needed information.
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