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October 5, 1998

Dear Sir or Madam:

        The Air Resources Board (ARB) staff will hold a public workshop to discuss the staff's draft report on the ozone forming potential of high Reid vapor pressure (RVP) ethanol gasoline blends. 

        The evaluation is being conducted in response to California Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 43830 (g) that provides gasoline blends containing 10 volume percent ethanol an exemption from the volatility requirement contained in the California reformulated gasoline regulations unless the ARB finds that such blends result in increased ozone forming potential. 

        We are preparing a draft report on our evaluation which will be mailed to you under separate cover. The workshop is being held to discuss the draft report and to receive comments on the evaluation of the ozone forming potential of high RVP 10 percent ethanol blends compared to complying gasoline blends. Enclosed is a tentative agenda for the workshop. 

        The public workshop will be held as follows: 

                                Date:               Tuesday, October 27, 1998
                                Time:               10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
                                Location:         Department of Health Services
                                                         Office Building 9, Auditorium
                                                         744 P Street
                                                         Sacramento, California 95814

        To be included on the agenda or if you have questions about the workshop, please contact Mr. Jose Gomez, Air Resources Engineer, at (916) 327-1502 or by email at jgomez@arb.ca.gov.

        The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons needing assistance may contact Ms. Jacqueline Wilson at (916) 327-1493 or TDD (916) 342-9531 or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls outside of the Sacramento area by October 20, 1998. 


                                                                            Dean C. Simeroth, Chief 
                                                                            Criteria Pollutants Branch 
                                                                            Stationary Source Division 


cc:  Jose Gomez 
      Industrial Section 



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