EPA eases air regs in wake of Citgo refinery outage

Shown is part of the crude unit at Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s Lemont, Ill., refinery, which was damaged by a fire last month. Photo courtesy of Citgo. Click here to enlarge imageConcerns over US Midwest gasoline supplies have resurfaced because of another refinery outage in the region, and those fears are being quelled by a relaxation of federal air quality regulations. The US Environmental Protection Agency last week temporarily eased its summertime emissions restrictions to channel more supplies of reformulated gasoline (RFG) into the fuel-short markets of Chicago and Milwaukee.EPA took that action at the request of Citgo Petroleum Corp., Tulsa, to halt a run-up in Midwest gasoline p...

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