The federal government took two actions Thursday to deal with expected gasoline and other fuel supply disruptions caused by now Tropical Depression Harvey.
Waived Low-RVP Gasoline Requirement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday issued a waiver from the requirement to meet reformulated or low volatility gasoline requirements for 38 states and the District of Columbia, including the Pittsburgh Region in Pennsylvania.
The waiver is in effect through September 15 which is the end of the ozone season and the end of the period during which low-RVP gasoline is required in Western Pennsylvania under DEP regulations.
The low-RVP requirement affects Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Click Here for a copy of the waiver.
Driver Hours Of Service Waiver
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency under the provisions of 49 CFR Section 390.23 for 26 states, including Pennsylvania, as a result of anticipated fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines.
This Emergency Declaration includes a waiver of the Hours of Service requirements under Parts 390 through 399 of CFR Title 49 effective immediately and it shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2017, whichever occurs first.
Click Here for a copy of the Emergency Declaration.
Harvey Shuts Down Colonial Pipeline Supplying Fuel To East Coast