EPA issues temporary emergency fuel waivers

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued emergency fuel waivers for Allegheny County, Pa., to ensure that fuel supplies remain adequate following damage to a pipeline that supplies the area.

May 31st, 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued emergency fuel waivers for Allegheny County, Pa., to ensure that fuel supplies remain adequate following damage to a pipeline that supplies the area.

EPA said the May 29 temporary waivers, which are effective through June 17, allow the sale of gasoline in the Pittsburgh area that meets the 9 psi RVP standard applicable in other parts of the state. It also waived the prohibition on the blending of reformulated gasoline blendstock for oxygenated blending with other gasoline, blendstock, or oxygenate.

EPA acted after Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler determined that damage to the Buckeye Laurel Pipeline, which supplies low volatility gasoline to Allegheny County, created extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstances there. The system is operated by Houston-based Buckeye Partners LP, which agreed to be acquired by IMF Investors in New York earlier in the month (OGJ Online, May 10, 2019).

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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