EPA Extends a Waiver on Motor Fuel Contents to Apply Nationwide, Not Just to Texas
by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday expanded the scope of an emergency waiver of Clean Air Act restrictions on motor fuel requirements, saying the waiver would apply not only to Texas but also to 11 states and the District of Columbia through Sept. 15.
The move, prompted by Hurricane Harvey, effectively declares an early end to summer regulations designed to prevent a buildup of ozone pollution, which contributes to lung disease and asthma. The regulations require oil companies to use low-volatility gasoline during the summer months, to prevent gasoline from turning to vapor. However, making summertime-grade gasoline can cost oil refiners several cents a gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Pruitt said in a letter to governors and District Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that companies can now use any blend stock or oxygenate in an effort to speed up gasoline and diesel deliveries to customers in Texas and beyond. Pruitt noted disruptions from refinery closures, pipeline limitations and problems with barge delivery of oil products.
The Renewable Fuels Association hailed the move, saying it would allow broader use of ethanol up to levels as high as 15 percent of motor fuel, the group said. READ MORE
EPA Emergency Waiver Expanded (Energy.AgWired.com)
EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waivers for Gulf and East Coast States (Environmental Protection Agency)
EPA expands Hurricane Harvey fuel waiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
Fuel Waiver Opens Door for E15: EPA Expands Fuel Waiver in Response to Concerns About Fuel Shortages from Harvey (DTN The Progressive Farmer)
Gas Prices Near Two-Year High As Harvey Shuts Down Refineries (The Daily Caller)
Ethanol Can Help With The Gas Shortage (SFN Today)
RFA: Hurricane Harvey fuel waiver should relax E15 restrictions (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)
EPA waives emission rules in 38 states amid fears of fuel shortages (Washington Examiner)