US EPA grants gasoline waiver to eight states after hurricane

05 September 2012 17:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented a waiver of the 7.8 Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) gasoline requirements for states that were affected by Hurricane Isaac, the EPA said on Wednesday.

The EPA granted the waiver to eight states including, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina as a result of a possible temporary supply disruption of the higher summertime 7.8 RVP blends of gasoline.

The regulations require gasoline to have a maximum RVP of 7.8 lbs per square inch during the “high ozone” season of 1 June through 15 September. These are the maximum standards for all regulated parties, including retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers.

With the slower-than-expected restarts of the shut down Gulf-area refineries following the hurricane, the federal waiver, which will last through 15 September, will help ensure an adequate supply of gasoline in the impacted states until normal supply to the region can be restored, the EPA said.

States bordering on this area are projected to have sufficient supplies of compliant summertime fuel through the end of the high ozone period in two weeks, and no shortages are expected to develop, according to the EPA.

The EPA previously granted a waiver to the state of Louisiana on 28 August. That RVP waiver was to last through 6 September.                                                 

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By: Anna Matherne

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