EPA Waives Fuel Rule After Indiana Refinery Fire

The summer fuel mandate was removed in four states to compensate for the loss.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an emergency waiver last week, lifting the Clean Air Act summer requirement for fuel sales in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois.

An electrical fire in a BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana forced a partial shutdown of the facility. The refinery provides about 23% of the gasoline for the area, so EPA Administrator Michael Regan opted to allow the sale of high-volatility gasoline in those four states until September 15. Usually, gasoline suppliers are only allowed to sell low-volatility gasoline during the summer to minimize greenhouse gas emissions during these high-travel months.

In a letter to state officials, Administrator Regan said the agency determined the waiver is necessary “to minimize or prevent disruption of an adequate supply of gasoline to consumers.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Regan as he weighs the need for fuel against the emission standards for the summer.
  • For EPA officials as they assess the impact of U.S. regulations on the economy and environment.
  • For those involved in the repair and recovery on the Indiana refinery.

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, AP


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