Minae prepares regulations to improve fuels

The regulations governing the quality of petrol imported by the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (Recope) could be more rigorous in less than 30 days.

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) announced that since last week are preparing a regulation that will require improving the quality of fuels sold in Costa Rica.

Rene Castro minister, explained that at present less than a month to see the new regulation involved.

“The Minae studying the recommendations of the U.S. EPA and EU standards that suggest down to 8 and 6 milligrams (mg) per liter of gasoline respectively the contents of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese (MMT, in English) instead of the 18 that require U.S. manufacturers, “he said.

Currently, the country is governed by rules that allow in Central America between 8 mg and 18 mg of MMT. Besides, does not restrict the appearance of water and sediment.

At the same time, the minister said Castro, that would force them to break away from the Central legislation to improve, adapting to rules in force in developed countries like the U.S. and those included in the European Union (EU).

“If , we have to use a more advanced control, Central American standards are very low, both in health and environment. However, the country can not use unique standards, is preferably economies of scale by adopting standards of advanced countries like U.S.. UU. and the EU, “said Castro.

The decision to draft a new regulation occurs a week after the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (Aresep) Recope gasolines analyzed and found sediments, water and component MMT, harmful for the automotive and health.

Meanwhile, in the Refinery ensures that gasolines importing the country will have no component MMT.

Recope accepted that they did not know that fuels imported from January to date the component containing MMT and it was an importer of cars which alerted the component.

Liliana Aguilar, manager of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Machinery (Aivema), demanded that the entity participates in meetings with Minae.

“Since the MMT has been removed from the world and we are of the opinion that it must be removed. Even the Ministry of Health issued a judgment and found that the amount of MMT in gasoline Recope is polluting and harmful, “she said.

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