WASHINGTON, D.C. – NAFA representatives met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) April 16 to provide fleet perspectives on EPA's pending regulation for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases. NAFA's meeting was one of several such meetings the EPA is having with stakeholders from transportation and other industry sectors. The EPA is meeting with many groups before finalizing any decisions on the scope of the proposed rule, which will be issued in September.
At the meeting NAFA learned that the EPA has not made any final decisions on whether fleets will be included in the rule. NAFA's representatives reported that it was a very productive meeting and that the EPA is very interested in better understanding the challenges that a reporting requirement might cause for fleets. There was extended discussion on several issues, including many different fueling scenarios used by fleets, from central fueling to credit card purchases to remote fueling facilities. NAFA will be providing additional information to the EPA in the weeks ahead.
"This is the first step in a very important dialogue between NAFA Members and the EPA," said Gayle Pratt, NAFA president and director Global Fleet, Ecolab, Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. "We can be an important source of accurate information for the EPA as they consider whether to include fleets in the proposed rule."
Representing NAFA were NAFA President Gayle Pratt; NAFA Secretary Marvin Fletcher, CAFM; NAFA Past President Patsy Brownson, CAFM; Past Chair of NAFA's Fuels & Technology Advisory Council Rick Teebay; and NAFA members Patti Early, Fleet Fueling operations supervisor for Florida Power and Light, and Sheryl Grossman, fleet manager for GE Healthcare.