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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-494—OCT. 14, 1988

102 STAT. 2447

"(1) the term 'Commission' means the Interagency Commission on Alternative Motor Fuels established in subsection (a); and "(2) the term 'Council' means the United States Alternative Fuels CouncU established under subsection (e)(D"SEC. 400EE. STUDIES AND REPORTS.

42 USC 6374d.

"(a) METHANOL STUDY.—(1) The Secretary shall study methanol plants, including the costs and practicability of such plants, that are— "(A) capable of utilizing current domestic supplies of unutilized natural gas; "(B) relocatable; or "(C) suitable for natural gas to methanol conversion by natural gas distribution companies. "(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term 'unutilized natural gas' means gas that is available in small remote fields and cannot be economically transported to natural gas pipelines, or gas the quality of which is so poor that extensive and uneconomic pretreatment is required prior to its introduction into the natural gas distribution system. "(3) The Secretary shall submit a report under this subsection to the Committees on Conmierce, Science, and Transportation and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, no later than September 30, 1990. "(b) INDEPENDENT B^NVIRONMENTAL STUDY.—(1) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall submit to the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Conmierce of the House of Representatives, in December of 1990, and once every two years thereafter, a report which includes— "(A) a comprehensive analysis of the air quality, global climate change, and other positive and n^ative environmental impacts, if any, including fuel displacement effects, associated with the production, storage, distribution, and use of all alternative motor vehicle fuels under the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988, as compared to gasoline and diesel fuels; and "(B) an extended reasonable forecast of the change, if any, in air quality, global climate change, and other environmental effects of producing, storing, distributing, and using alternative motor vehicle fuels, utilizing such reasonable energy security, poUcy, economic, and other scenarios as may be appropriate. "(2) In carrying out the study under this subsection, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall consult with the Secretaries of Energy and Transportation. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require such Administrator to obtain the approval of the Secretary of Energy or the Secretary of Transportation for any actions taken under this subsection. "(3) There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Appropriation authorization. purposes of this subsection $500,000. "(c) PuBuc PARTICIPATION.—Adequate opportunity shall be provided for public comment on the reports required by this section before they are submitted to the Congress, and a summary of such comments shall be attached to such reports.".