Phase 2 RFG Public Education Subcommittee Meeting Summary October 5, 1994 Introduction On October 5, 1994, the second 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 25 people (meeting sign-in sheet attached). The key discussion items and accomplishments included: 1. Approval of the 8/17/94 Meeting Summary 2. Approval of the PES Mission Statement 3. A current update on Performance/Transition Subcommittee Progress 4. Presentation/discussion of a draft Outline for a Public Outreach Plan 5. Presentation/discussion of a draft Phase 2 RFG Forum (Mock-Up newsletter) 6. Presentation/discussion of a draft Phase 2 RFG Fact Sheet ("Facts About RFG") 7. Identified items to be discussed with the Advisory Committee (meeting on 10/18/94) 8. Discussed goals for the next PES meeting Summary of Comments and Concerns from Meeting Attendees Several individuals commented and expressed concerns on the products presented to the group throughout the PES meeting (see below). The ARB staff will be following-up on a number of these comments/concerns and revising products as appropriate. The ARB agreed to fax revised draft products to PES members prior to the next meeting. Comments/concerns included: Outreach Outline Audiences (section IV. B.) should be re-prioritized to include most critical first (i.e. general public). Additional audiences (section IV.B.) should include: auto repair facilities, smog check stations, car dealerships, and trade clubs. Investigate organizing press conferences and press packages. Investigate outlining a series of events leading up-to RFG introduction (including information about ongoing RFG efforts like performance testing, education, etc.). ARB Contact: Jean Woeckener (916) 323-4883 Newsletter ("RFG Forum") Cost effectiveness should be approached with caution in this publication. Investigate & determine the "distribution load" (number of recipients) for this publication. Determine if copyright restrictions apply to this publication. Include contacts and phone numbers with articles. ARB Contact: Charles Kersey (916) 323-6642 RFG Fact Sheets Additional fact sheet topics should be investigated including: information about California's petroleum pipeline system; a historical perspective regarding gasoline supply and demand; and the toughest questions/answers about Phase 2 RFG; "Facts About RFG" could be revised in order to be used for press packages; Detailed cost information should not be included in "Facts About RFG." This fact sheet, however, should indicate that Phase 2 RFG will cost more to produce than conventional gasoline. Fact sheets could include "bullet" or "summary" sections so that audiences can quickly read about critical Phase 2 RFG facts "at-a- glance." ARB Contact: Jim Fischer (916) 327-5613 Miscellaneous Comments Investigate using credit card bill inserts (fact sheets/informative brochures about Phase 2 RFG). Fleet operators will need cost impact information prior to introduction of Phase 2 RFG. Outreach messages should come from an "aggregate" of sources (refiners, marketers, distributors, government, etc) as opposed to from a single source (i.e. solely refiners). Contact Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) teaching/training staff for additional target audiences (certified automotive technicians, other technical trade people). Update on Performance and Transition Subcommittee Activities Performance Subcommittee Dean Simeroth of the ARB presented an overview of ongoing Performance Subcommittee activities which include: Finalizing Evaluation Test Protocols (Onroad and Offroad) ARB & Auto/Oil estimates for current and typical Phase 2 gasolines (blending compositions) In-use studies to evaluate compatibility of Phase 2 RFG with current vehicles and equipment Details regarding Phase 2 RFG control/test fuels, fuel procurement, and fleets to be tested(Performance Subcommittee continued) Proposed Performance test schedule Ongoing non-road engine testing (utility, lawn & garden, marine vessels, snowmobiles, agricultural, etc) ARB Contact: Tony Brasil (916) 323-8967 Transition Subcommittee Susan Brown of the California Energy Commission (CEC) presented an overview of current Transition Subcommittee activities which include: Overview of the CEC/ARB Joint RFG Survey conducted to ascertain estimated volumes (thousand barrels per day) of product slate from California refineries for two specific time periods A summary of California RFG Balance Other ongoing work activities including updating a database of (California fuel suppliers ...), monitoring federal Phase 1 RFG supply and demand, etc. ARB Contact: Greg Allen (916) 327-5599 Items to be Discussed with the Advisory Committee (10/18/94 meeting) Present draft Overview of Key Activities for the PES Mission Statement for the PES Draft fact sheet ("Facts About RFG") Mock-up of Newsletter (RFG Forum) Items for Next PES Meeting (11/15/94 in Los Angeles) Draft contract proposal for a Public Relations (PR) firm Draft work plan Final fact sheet ("Facts About RFG") Final newsletter ("RFG Forum") Inquiries about this Meeting Summary should be directed to Jim Fischer, ARB (916) 327-5613.
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