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Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Webinar on Aromatics April 25, 2012

To:               State Representatives

From:         Larry Pearce, Executive Director

David Terry, Washington Representation

Subject:     Aromatics Webinar, 10:30 CT (11:30 ET, 9:30 MT, 8:30 PT), Friday, May 18, 2012

As we mentioned during our conference call on Friday, we have scheduled an aromatics webinar for Friday, May 18 during the time we normally set aside for our monthly conference call. You are welcomed to invite key constituents from your state to join the webinar.  The American Coalition for Ethanol, 25×25, and the Urban Air Initiative will be co-hosting the webinar.

The webinar announcement follows. Please follow the instructions and register for the webinar as soon as possible. Please contact David or me if you have any questions.

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Webinar on Aromatics

Co-hosted by: 25x’25, American Coalition for Ethanol, Urban Air Initiative

 May 18, 2012

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Central (11:30 ET)

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


Alternatives to Oil-Derived Aromatics:  The Most

Expensive and Toxic Gasoline Component

 Petroleum refiners produce aromatics, also known as the BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) Group, from crude oil.  Aromatics are the most toxic, carbon intensive, and expensive gasoline component, and comprise 25 percent of each gallon we use.  As crude oil costs rise, aromatic costs follow.  Higher gasoline costs adversely impact household budgets, economic growth, and the nation’s ability to create jobs in a global economy.  Moreover, as reported in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, recent studies confirm aromatics are the primary precursors of toxic-coated fine particulates that have been linked to asthma and other respiratory, cardiovascular, and brain diseases, in addition to a wide range of cancers.

In 1990, Congress directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Clean Air Act to substantially reduce the use of aromatics in gasoline because of their proven health risks.  At the time, EPA’s options were limited since cost effective substitutes did not exist.  Today, options exist and include high-octane biofuels and electric and natural gas vehicles. Now there is an available, cheaper replacement, and it is time to fully implement the law and replace aromatics with biofuels in gasoline.

Webinar Details, Questions, and Answers

This important and timely Coalition webinar will be co-hosted by 25x’25, American Coalition for Ethanol, and the Urban Air Initiative.  Topics covered in the one-hour session include the following:

  1. What are aromatics and what do we know about their health impacts?
  2. What will aromatics use mean as vehicle engine designs evolve to achieve higher fuel economy?
  3. What is the economic impact of continued reliance on toxic aromatics?
  4. Are there cheaper and better alternatives to aromatics?
  5. What can be done in the context of pending fuel economy and fuel quality rules?


  • David Hallberg, Consultant
  • Hon. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC

When – Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:30–11:30 Central (11:30–12:30 ET)