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EPA extends enforcement discretion

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will extend enforcement discretion for petroleum distribution facilities, gasoline storage facilities and bulk fuel terminals in Florida, US, which have been impacted or damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The EPA issued three additional ‘no action assurance’ letters that are effective immediately and will expire on 29 September:

  • A larger number of tanker trucks is needed to deliver fuel to some areas of Florida due to damaged infrastructure and flooding. EPA will not pursue enforcement actions against tanker trucks for certain provisions of the Clean Air Act and parallel Florida regulations that relate to tank tightness and registration for tanker trucks.
  • Due to infrastructure damage, Florida refineries are unable to operate at full capacity, which is causing gasoline shortages. EPA will not pursue enforcement actions that relate to violations of provisions of the Clean Air Act for emissions of certain air pollutants from gasoline storage tanks during events known as ‘roof landings.’
  • Due to operational issues at bulk fuel terminals as a result of Hurricane Irma, some facilities are not equipped with devices to capture or recover certain types of air pollutants. EPA will not pursue enforcement actions that relate to violations of provisions of the Clean Air Act that require the operation of these devices at bulk fuel terminals.

Under EPA’s no action assurance letters, the facilities must continue to exercise good air pollution control practices and comply with all other federal, state and local environmental laws.

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