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                  Phase 2 RFG Public Education Subcommittee
                     Meeting Summary  -  August 17, 1994
                                       
                                       


Introduction

On August 17, 1994, the first Phase 2 Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Public
Education Subcommittee (PES) meeting was held at the Air Resources Board
(ARB) in Sacramento.  The meeting was attended by about 40 people (meeting
sign-in sheet attached).  The following topics were discussed:

-    Appropriate operating procedures for the PES
-    Draft Mission Statement 
-    Results from a brief telephone survey of PES members conducted by the ARB,
     and
-    Ideas and input about possible Phase 2 RFG concerns, audiences, and
     outreach options. 


Discussion of PES Operating Procedures

Ron Friesen presented the ARB's perspective concerning its work with the PES. 
The ARB plans to coordinate with the PES members by seeking their advice and
assistance on the development and implementation of an outreach effort on
Phase 2 RFG.  As part of each meeting, the PES will be briefed on the other
Subcommittee's activities.  The ARB will periodically brief the Advisory
Committee on the PES's efforts.    


Draft Mission Statement

Richard Corey of the ARB presented a draft Mission Statement.  Comments
included the following recommendations:

-    Language should be included stating the PES will provide accurate,
     consistent information about Phase 2 RFG, and

-    The Mission Statement should state that the PES will convey information
     related to the air quality benefits of Phase 2 RFG. 

The ARB agreed to revise the draft Mission Statement and mail it to the PES
members prior to the next meeting.   

Performance Subcommittee Activities

Dean Simeroth presented an overview of the Performance Subcommittee meeting
of 8/16/94.  Discussion topics included:

- Phase 2 RFG test and control fuels to be used as part of the
  vehicle performance testing program

- Vehicle test fleets now being considered for northern, central, and
  southern California

- Overview of the Performance Testing Protocol, including auto/oil
  (industry) comments & ARB proposal, and

- Proposed dates for the vehicle performance testing program (January
  1995 through July 1995).


Summary of Comments/Concerns from Meeting Attendees

Several individual comments and concerns were discussed throughout the PES
meeting (see summary below).  The ARB staff will follow-up on a number of
these comments/concerns.


             Summary of Comments/Concerns from Meeting Attendees
                                       
                                       
#1-  Accurate information about Phase 2 RFG, including
     environmental benefits, needs to be distributed to the
     public in a timely manner.


#2-  How will the Public Education Subcommittee (PES) interact
     with the other Subcommittees and the Advisory Committee?


#3-  The ARB should explore outreach program funding options.


#4-  The ARB should investigate hiring an experienced Public
     Relations (PR) firm to facilitate outreach activities.


#5-  The draft Mission Statement should be revised to state
     that the PES will develop a plan to provide accurate,
     consistent information about Phase 2 RFG.  This will
     include information about air quality benefits of Phase 2
     RFG.  


#6-  The PES should have additional participation from other
     industries including:  media/editors; advertising;
     technical trade associations; environmental groups; CSAA;
     Autoclub of Southern CA; NARP; consumer groups; and CA
     Motor Car Dealers Association.


#7-  The ARB should hold public workshops or briefings in
     southern California in order to enable additional outreach
     participation from environmental groups.


#8-  The ARB should have a contingency plan in place prior to
     March 1996 to address any potential performance and supply
     problems; the public should be educated about the ARB
     contingency plan.


#9-  The PES should develop a Phase 2 RFG fact sheet.


#10- Outreach activities need to have credibility with the
     public; who will outreach messages come from? 


#11- The ARB needs to ensure that the quarterly refinery
     progress reports are being sent-out to the right
     audiences.


#12- Information comparing Phase 2 RFG with other fuels should
     be developed; this information could be used to show that
     Phase 2 RFG is a cost-effective alternative.


#13- Use of free public service messages should be
     investigated.



Draft Outreach Outline

The ARB is developing a draft outline of an Outreach Plan for Phase 2 RFG and
plans to mail it to the PES members prior to the next meeting.


Presentations

Janis Christensen, National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), made
a short presentation which included a description about the NAFA
organization.  The NAFA comprises about 2,300 members, which represents over
2.7 million vehicles nationwide.  The California fleet comprises about 206
members.  One of the NAFA's objectives is to educate fleet managers about
alternative fuels and encourage testing of alternative fuels in cooperation
with government agencies.  The NAFA's main concerns related to the
implementation of Phase 2 RFG include:  1) increased cost, and 2) potential
vehicle downtime or additional maintenance which could be caused by the use
of Phase 2 RFG.

Al Mannato, U.S. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, presented a short
overview of EPA's approach to implementing federal Phase 1 RFG.  The EPA
estimates that the federal Phase 1 RFG Regulation will affect about one-third
of all gasoline sold in the U.S.  The EPA has created two task forces for
federal Phase 1 RFG implementation (supply & distribution and public
information).  These task forces will look at ways to inform consumers about
gasoline fuel changes in order to avoid frightening or angering the general
public in the event of automotive problems or gasoline price increases.  The
EPA plans to use experience from both the fuel oxygenates and renewable fuels
programs in implementing federal Phase 1 RFG.


Items for Next PES Meeting

1.   Approve 8/17/94 meeting minutes;
2.   Approve the PES Mission Statement
3.   Discuss draft fact sheet on Phase 2 RFG
4.   Discuss Phase 2 RFG Newsletter (mock-up)
5.   Discuss Draft Outline of an Outreach Plan for Phase 2 RFG
6.   Identify items to be discussed with the Advisory Committee

CBG Program Advisory and Subcommittee Activities