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EPA approves removal of summertime fuel requirements

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a request from the state of North Carolina to remove counties in the Greenboro area from those that are subject to federal clean gasoline requirements.

Since the early 1990s, counties in the Greensboro area have been subject to lower volatility fuel requirements in order to help the area come into, and maintain compliance with ozone standards. The change will remove Davidson, Davie, Forsythe and Guilford counties from those that have to comply with 7.8 lbs/psi fuel requirements in the summer time.

EPA has taken this action due to the state demonstrating that the Greensboro area is in compliance with the ozone air quality standards and removal of the requirement will not interfere with the area’s ability to remain in compliance with the standards. The removal of restrictions will allow greater flexibility for fuel distribution in the Greensboro area over the course of the summer.

EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney said: “This change is a direct result of collaboration between EPA and North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to improve air quality in the Greensboro area. This action is especially important during hurricane season when greater adaptability is needed for the fuel distribution system to support an adequate supply”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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