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EPA approves emergency fuel waivers

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exercised its emergency fuel waiver authority for Gulf and East Coast states, following the impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The fuel waiver will help to ensure an adequate supply of fuel throughout the South, Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic.

The EPA confirmed that it has waived requirements for reformulated gasoline and low volatility gasoline through 15 September 2017 in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.

The waiver authority was exercised under the Clean Air Act and was granted by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in coordination with the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

The EPA and US Department of Energy (DOE) said that they are continuing to actively monitor the fuel supply situation as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and will act expeditiously if extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist in other areas.

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