Unnecessary Air Pollution Fuel Standard Waivers

Environmental Advocates Opposes this Bill

Explanation: 

This bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to suspend air pollution control standards for mother vehicle fuels if it determines extreme or unusual circumstances are impacting the supply of certain fuels or fuel additives. Fuel standards play a critical role in protecting air quality and public health. They are also essential elements of the State’s efforts to comply with the federal Clean Air Act. These vital protections should not be subject open-ended waivers based on undefined market circumstances.

Moreover, this legislation is unnecessary. The Governor already has the authority to temporarily suspend specific provisions of any statute, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a state disaster, if compliance with such provisions would prevent, hinder, or delay actions to cope with an emergency.

Summary: 

This bill amends Environmental Conservation Air Pollution Control Law to authorize the DEC to waive standards for fuels and fuel additives in the event of undefined extreme and unusual supply circumstances.

Memo #: 

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