EPA extends Katrina-related fuel waivers for
In the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina, EPA provided flexibility to fuel production and distribution
in the Gulf Coast and nationwide by issuing waivers for diesel
fuel sulfur requirements and summer gasoline volatility controls.
Because of a continuing tight market for highway diesel fuel in
some parts of the country, EPA exercised its authority under the
Clean Air Act to issue a second, temporary waiver of highway diesel
fuel sulfur requirements through October 5, 2005 for states that
continue to be affected by disruptions.
This action will allow diesel
fuel normally used in off-road equipment to be used in highway
vehicles in those impacted states.
The states affected by the second
waiver of highway diesel requirements are: Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and the District
In addition, EPA waived the federal
enforceability of the summer grade gasoline required under state
law in California, Eastern Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. On August
31, EPA waived the federal requirement for summer grade gasoline
nationwide. Under normal circumstances that requirement ends in
all parts of the country on September 15, except for the three
areas mentioned above which, under state laws, extend the requirement
until September 30 (Phoenix), October 1 (Texas) and October 31
(California). The three states have requested that EPA waive federal
enforceability of these requirements.