EPA approves emergency fuel waiver for Louisiana

The US Environmental Protection Agency temporarily waived certain federal clean gasoline requirements for Louisiana as Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the state. The waiver will let the fuel distribution system operate more flexibly to assure supplies are adequate, EPA said on Aug. 29.

The 10-day waiver applies to 7.8 psi low Reid vapor pressure requirements for the state and allows the sale of 9 psi conventional gasoline in 14 parishes, it added.

EPA said it will continue to monitor Louisiana’s fuel supply situation resulting from the storm’s passage across the state, and is ready to act quickly if extreme and unusual supply situations exist in other areas of Louisiana with a 7.8 psi RVP requirement.

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