Clean fuel mandates will further increase Illinois gas prices, opponents say

(The Center Square) – Proposed legislation that directs two Illinois agencies to assign state-mandated “deficits” to gasoline is being criticized by an industry group, which argues the measure would further increase the price of a gallon of gas.

Senate Bill 1556 from state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, would mandate two state regulators, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Pollution Control Board, to establish a “clean transportation standard” and reduce the use of carbon-based fuels by Illinois drivers on the state’s roads.

The two agencies would assign state-mandated “deficits” to fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel.

The Illinois Fuel and Retail Association, on behalf of more than 4,000 gas stations, convenience stores and truck stops across Illinois who serve millions of customers, opposes the proposal.

“Having the No. 1 gas tax in the nation, Illinois, my members and certainly motorists here can’t afford it,” IFRA CEO Josh Sharp
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