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EPA seeks small entity participation on upcoming Tier 3 emission rules for vehicles and updating refinery emission standards

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for two Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panels to establish standards for vehicle emissions and update emission standards for refineries.

The first panel for “Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards” will focus on developing a rule that proposes new standards for vehicles and gasoline, and will consider changes to fuel certification for all categories of gasoline-powered highway vehicles and nonroad engines and equipment.

The second panel for the “Petroleum Refinery Sector Risk and Technology Review and New Source Performance Standards” will focus on developing updated emissions standards for petroleum refineries for multiple pollutants, including greenhouse gases (GHGs).

The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to establish a federal panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The panels will include federal representatives from the Small Business Administration, the Office of Management and Budget, and EPA.

The panel members ask a selected group of SERs to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community, or organization to inform the members about the potential impacts of the proposed rule on small entities.

EPA seeks self-nominations directly from small entities that may be subject to the rules’ requirements. Other representatives, such as trade associations that exclusively or at least primarily represent potentially regulated small entities, may also serve as SERs.

Self-nominations may be submitted through the links below and must be received by 16 May 16, 2011.


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