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NORA Meets with US Department of Energy Regarding 2019 Used Oil Project

Monday, March 18, 2019  
Posted by: Lauren Groves
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Association to be a stakeholder for updating the Used Oil Re-refining Study and preparing a Federal strategy to increase the beneficial reuse of used lubricating oil.


Gainesville, Virginia – On March 15, 2019, representatives from NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers met with Rob Smith, Senior Advisor with the Office of Oil & Natural Gas at the US Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the upcoming DOE project related to reviewing and updating the 2006 Used Oil Re-refining Study and developing a Federal Strategy to increase the beneficial reuse of used lubricating oil.

NORA representatives at the meeting were Executive Director Scott D. Parker and Senior Consultant Jack Waggener.

“NORA appreciates the opportunity to work with and support the Department of Energy in 2019 as it relates to this important project for the used oil industry,” stated Parker. “Being the only national trade association representing the entire used oil recycling industry, NORA will represent its members as a primary stakeholder with this project.”

At the meeting, NORA was informed about the status of the project. NORA offered assistance in identifying data sources and other information. The DOE will advise NORA what the next steps are and the type of assistance they may need from the trade association.

On December 21, 2018, President Trump signed HR 1733 which was originally introduced in the US House of Representatives in early 2017 by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN).  The legislation directs the “Secretary of Energy to review and update a report on the energy and environmental benefits of the re-refining of used lubricating oil”.

Specifically, it calls for the 2006 DOE Used Oil Re-refining Study to be reviewed and updated after consulting with stakeholder groups such as NORA. It also directs the DOE to “prepare and submit to Congress a coordinated Federal strategy to increase the beneficial reuse of used lubricating oil” before the end of 2019.

The legislation states that the Federal strategy should address measures to increase responsible collection of used oil, disseminate public information about reuse options for used oil and to promote sustainable reuse of used oil by Federal agencies and the general public.

Updates about the project will be made at the NORA Mid-Year Meeting in Denver, Colorado, June 12-14, 2019. 

About NORA

NORA was founded in 1984 to defend the rights of its members to responsibly recycle used oil and related materials. Today, NORA represents over 300 member companies that collect, process and market over a billion gallons of used oil and related materials. Responsibly recycling used oil and related materials conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, protects water quality and lessens dependence on foreign oil/energy.

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