Phase 2 RFG Public Education Subcommittee Meeting Summary May 17, 1995 Introduction On May 17, 1995, the sixth Phase 2 Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Public Education Subcommittee (PES) meeting was held in Sacramento at the Air Resources Board. The meeting was attended by about 25 people. The following items were presented and discussed at the meeting: 1. Approval of the March 15, 1995 Meeting Summary 2. Update on Performance and Transition Subcommittee Activities 3. Comments from Meeting Attendees 4. Presentations by Industry 5. Update on Outreach Plan and Ongoing Research 6. Items to be covered at the next Subcommittee meeting (7/19/95 in Los Angeles) Update on Performance and Transition Subcommittee Progress Performance Subcommittee Dean Simeroth of the ARB presented an overview of ongoing activities which include: Continuing to monitor all on-road and off-road test fleets and equipment Monitoring other ongoing testing efforts (Chevron and Texaco fleet test programs, GM/Ford Bench Test programs, and Department of Energy test program) Working with industry to collect historical maintenance records for fleet vehicles to help evaluate any fuel-related problems Continuing to collect and evaluate historical fleet records to study fuel economy ARB Contact: Tony Brasil (916) 323-8697 Transition Subcommittee Gerry Bemis of the California Energy Commission (CEC) presented an overview of ongoing activities which include: Updating the demand/supply balance separating northern and southern California Aggregating industry estimates of the refinery product slates Continuing to meet with all major refiners for scenario planning Evaluation of product flows into and out of California (historical and forecast) ARB Contact: Greg Allen (916) 327-5599 Comments from Meeting Attendees The group made several comments on products that were presented, which included the following: Health Effects from Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) ARB should further investigate and publish a fact sheet on health effects from exposure to MTBE ARB should closely monitor the public's perception of MTBE and other gasoline oxygenates For comparison, health effects data from MTBE and other oxygenates could be ranked against other components found in gasoline; a visual comparison chart could be effective in communicating health impacts from various components found in gasoline ARB Contact: John Batchelder (916) 323-1505 California RFG Forum #2 RFG & Health: This section needs to be expanded to provide more information on the health benefits associated with the use of RFG ARB Contact: Jim Fischer (916) 327-5613 Presentations by Industry Chevron--Briefing on Industry Research Lew Winters from Chevron presented an overview of ongoing research being conducted by Chevron which includes: Overview and findings from the following studies: Milwaukee RFG Study, Nationwide RFG Study, message testing, and RFG focus group testing Recommendations and ideas for communicating messages about RFG Unanswered research questions that Chevron is currently investigating Novak Communications--Progress on the Outreach Plan David Novak of Novak Communications presented a summary of the work that is underway to develop a four phase Outreach Plan which includes: Phase One: (present time through Labor Day)--identifying messages, audiences, and strategies Phase Two: (Labor Day through end of 1995)--conducting aggressive outreach to appropriate audiences identified in Phase One Phase Three: (January-February 1995)--begin using tools and tactics available to educate the public Phase Four: (March 1996 and on)--continue answering questions and concerns from motorists, the media, and others. Applied Management and Planning Group (AMPG)--Research Overview Susan Johnson of AMPG presented an overview of research currently underway at AMPG which includes: Conducting Focus Group meetings in Riverside and Sacramento areas to obtain market research information Developing questions for a statewide poll of 1,100 California drivers Planning to conduct additional Focus Group meetings in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Fresno to obtain additional information Items for the Next Public Education Subcommittee Meeting (7/19/95 in Los Angeles) Present and discuss Outreach Plan Inquiries about this Meeting Summary should be directed to Jim Fischer, ARB (916) 327-5613.
CBG Program Advisory and Subcommittee Activities