EPA says boutique fuels not to blame for high pump prices

| 6/23/2006

A new study from the Environmental Protection Agency has found that so-called boutique fuels – those blends created to help satisfy the requirements of state and local regulations – are not a factor in high fuel prices.

The issue has become one of contention as President George Bush recently suggested that having too many different blends of fuels may contribute to higher prices. A bill to limit the number of boutique fuels allowed is currently being considered by the House of Representatives.

The Associated Press reported that the EPA's review, which was ordered by the White House in April, found no evidence to support a connection between boutique fuels and supply or price concerns.

The report said that the refining and distribution sectors are able to provide enough boutique fuels as long as there are no disruptions to the supply chain, The AP reported.