NPRA Applauds Court's Decision to Deny Dismissal of California LCFS Suit

Jun 16, 2010, 19:03 ET from National Petrochemical & Refiners Association

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California today denied California's motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) regulations implemented by the California Air Resources Board as part of "AB 32," California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

"We applaud the court's decision to allow this legal challenge to California's LCFS to move forward," Charles Drevna, president of NPRA, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, said.  "The California LCFS is unlawful for a number of reasons, including the fact that it violates both the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.

"California's LCFS conflicts with current federal law, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  It will also harm our nation's energy security by discouraging the use of Canadian crude oil – our nation's largest source of imported petroleum – and ethanol produced in the American Midwest," Drevna added.  "We look forward to asking the court to address the underlying constitutional issues raised in the lawsuit."

SOURCE National Petrochemical & Refiners Association