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Fuels Waivers Response to 2005 Hurricanes

EPA, working with the Department of Energy, has responded quickly and decisively after recent hurricanes to address fuel supply disruptions that are due to refinery and pipeline infrastructure damage in the Gulf Region by issuing emergency waivers of certain fuel standards in areas around the country. These temporary waivers have been necessary to help ensure that an adequate supply of fuel is available, particularly for emergency vehicle needs.

EPA and DOE continue to monitor the fuel supply situation. This page is updated as new emergency fuel waivers are issued.

Fuel Waiver Questions and Answers

Remarks by EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson on August 31, 2005 regarding the issuance of fuel waivers (You will need to use your "back" button to return to this page.)

Fuel Waivers Have Been Issued for the Following States and Areas

Summaries

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Nationwide fuel waiver issued to bolster fuel supplies

On Aug. 31, EPA waived the requirement to sell "summer gasoline" which contains a lower volatility limit. This action has the effect of allowing early use of wintertime gasoline. EPA is also allowing the use of diesel fuel that exceeds 500 ppm sulfur content. Both waivers were effective through Sept. 15 and were applicable throughout all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Emergency Nationwide Fuel Waiver in Response to Hurricane Katrina (PDF) (322K, 2 pp)

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Phoenix, Ariz.

On Sept.13, EPA issued an emergency waiver until Sept. 30, of the requirements for low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) in gasoline sold in the Phoenix, Ariz., area. Fuel Waiver for Phoenix, Arizona's RVP Season (PDF) (305K, 2 pp)

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California

On Oct. 20, EPA issued a third emergency waiver through Oct. 31, of the requirements for low RVP in gasoline sold in California. Fuel Waiver Concerning the California Gasoline Volatility Requirements (PDF) (365K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 27, EPA issued a second emergency waiver through Oct. 24, of the requirements for low RVP in gasoline sold in California. Fuel Waiver Concerning the California Gasoline Volatility Requirements (PDF) (427K, 2 pp)

On Sept.13, EPA issued an emergency waiver through Oct. 3, of the requirements for low RVP in gasoline sold in California. Fuel Waiver concerning the California Gasoline Volatility Requirements (PDF) (400K, 2 pp)

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Atlanta, Ga. Area

On Sept. 27, EPA issued a third emergency waiver through Oct. 25, of the Georgia low-sulfur gasoline requirements for the Atlanta area. Fuel Waiver Concerning Atlanta, GA, Gasoline Requirements (PDF) (370K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 9, EPA granted a second waiver through Oct. 5, of gasoline that does not meet Georgia's low-sulfur requirements for the Atlanta area. Second Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Atlanta, Georgia Gasoline Requirements (PDF) (370K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 1, EPA waived through Sept. 15, the low sulfur gasoline requirements for the Atlanta area. Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Georgia Gasoline Sulfur Requirements, September 2005 (PDF) (300K, 2 pp)

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Tennessee, Kentucky and PADD I (East Coast) and III (Gulf Coast)

On Oct. 25, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirement, through Nov. 14, for Kentucky. The waiver takes effect on Oct. 26, when the previous highway diesel waiver expires in Kentucky. Fuel Waiver Concerning Diesel Fuel in the State of Kentucky (PDF) (81K, 2 pp)

On Oct. 4, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirement, through Oct. 25, for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky, and states located in Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) III. The waiver takes effect upon expiration of the Sept. 13 diesel fuel waiver for Kentucky and all states located in PADDs I (East Coast) and III (Gulf Coast), and the Sept. 27 diesel fuel waiver for Kentucky. Fuel Waiver Concerning Diesel Fuel (PDF) (745K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 30, EPA issued an emergency waiver to add the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the Sept. 13 waiver of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirements in Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts PADDs I and III and the State of Tennessee. Fuel Waiver Concerning Diesel Fuel in Kentucky (PDF) (468K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 13, EPA issued an emergency waiver until Oct. 5, of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirements in Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts PADDs I and III and the State of Tennessee. Fuel Waiver concerning Diesel Fuel (PDF) (400K, 2 pp)

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Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi

On Oct. 25, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirement, through Nov. 14, for Mississippi. The waiver takes effect on Oct. 26, when the previous highway diesel waiver expires in Mississippi. Fuel Waiver Concerning Diesel Fuel in the State of Mississippi (PDF) (569K, 2 pp)

On Oct. 24, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low-sulfur diesel fuel requirement for Florida. This waiver takes effect on Oct. 26, upon expiration of an Oct. 4 diesel fuel waiver that applies in a number of East and Gulf Coast states, including the State of Florida. Fuel Waiver Concerning Diesel Fuel in the State of Florida (PDF) (365K, 2 pp)

On Oct. 7, EPA issued an emergency fuel waiver to temporarily raise the per-gallon cap on sulfur in conventional gasoline produced at the Citgo refinery in Lake Charles, La., from Oct. 11 through Oct. 15, and to allow this fuel to be distributed and sold in those portions of Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADDs) I (East Coast) and III (Gulf Coast), and the States of Kentucky and Tennessee, where conventional gasoline may be used. Fuel Waiver for the Gasoline Sulfur Cap, Lake Charles Refinery (PDF) (485K, 3 pp)

On Aug. 30, EPA issued an emergency fuel waiver of the RVP and diesel sulfur standards for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. This waiver was superseded by the Aug. 31, nationwide fuels waiver.

Emergency Fuel Waiver for States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi in Response to Hurricane Katrina (PDF) (350K, 3 pp)

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Iowa and Nebraska

On Oct. 24, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low-sulfur highway diesel fuel requirement, through Nov. 13, for Iowa and Nebraska (PDF) (328K, 2 pp).

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St. Louis, Mo.

On Oct. 6, EPA issued a second emergency waiver to allow conventional gasoline to be sold and distributed in the St. Louis-covered area, through midnight Oct. 27. Second Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning St. Louis RFG Covered Area (PDF) (303K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 27, EPA granted an emergency waiver to allow conventional gasoline to be sold and distributed in the St. Louis-covered area until midnight on Oct. 7. Retail outlets and wholesale purchaser-consumers will be allowed to continue selling or dispensing this fuel after Oct. 7 until their supplies are depleted. Fuel Waiver Concerning St. Louis RFG Covered Area (PDF) (324K, 2 pp)

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Texas

On Oct. 18, at the request of the State of Texas, EPA issued an emergency waiver that delays the phased-in implementation of the Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TXLED) program. The new compliance dates for the TXLED program are Oct. 31 for refiners, Dec. 15 for terminals, and Jan. 31, 2006, for retail outlets. Second Texas Low-Emission Diesel Fuel Waiver (PDF) (318K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 30, EPA issued an emergency fuel waiver to temporarily raise the per-gallon cap on sulfur in conventional gasoline produced at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, Texas, through Oct. 6th, and to allow this fuel to be distributed and sold in Kentucky, Tennessee and PADDs I and III. Fuel Waiver for the Gasoline Sulfur Cap (PDF) (814K, 3 pp)

On Sept. 27, EPA granted an emergency waiver to allow conventional gasoline to be sold and distributed in both the Houston-Galveston and the Dallas/Fort Worth reformulated-gasoline-covered areas through Oct. 20. Retail outlets and wholesale purchaser-consumers will be allowed to continue selling or dispensing this fuel after Oct. 20, until their supplies are depleted. Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Dallas and Houston, Texas, RFG Requirements (PDF) (409K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 27, at the request of the State of Texas, EPA issued an emergency waiver that delays implementation of the Texas Low-Emission Diesel (TXLED) program that was to have been phased-in beginning Oct. 1. Under the waiver, the new compliance dates for the TXLED program are Oct. 20, for refiners, Dec. 4 for terminals, and Jan. 20, 2006, for retail outlets. Texas Low-Emission Diesel Fuel Waiver (PDF) (319K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 22, EPA granted a waiver to allow conventional gasoline to be sold and distributed in both the Houston-Galveston and the Dallas/Fort Worth reformulated-gasoline-covered areas through Sept. 30. Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Dallas and Houston, Texas RFG Requirements (PDF). (330K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 21, EPA granted a waiver to allow conventional gasoline to be sold and distributed in both the Houston-Galveston and the Dallas/Fort Worth reformulated-gasoline-covered areas through Sept. 26. This waiver was superseded by the Sept. 22, waiver. Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Houston, Texas, RFG Requirements (PDF). (337K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 13, EPA issued an emergency waiver until Oct. 1 of the requirements for low RVP in gasoline sold in Texas. Fuel Waiver for Texas RVP Season (PDF) (400K, 2 pp)

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Richmond, Va. Area

On Sept. 27, EPA granted a fourth waiver to continue to allow regulated parties to distribute and sell conventional gasoline in the Richmond-covered area through Oct. 20. Retail outlets and wholesale purchaser-consumers will be allowed to continue selling or dispensing this fuel until their supplies are depleted. Fourth Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Richmond, VA, RFG Requirements (PDF) (374K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 22, EPA granted a third waiver to allow regulated parties to continue distributing and selling conventional gasoline in the Richmond covered area through Sept. 30. Third Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Richmond, Virginia RFG Requirements (PDF) (355K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 9, EPA granted a second waiver to extend the Sept. 2 waiver, to allow regulated parties to distribute and sell conventional gasoline (CG) in the Richmond covered area through Sept. 23. Second Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning Richmond, Virginia RFG Requirements (PDF) (330K, 2 pp)

On Sept. 2, EPA granted a limited waiver through Sept. 9 from the reformulated gasoline requirement for gasoline sold in the Richmond, Va., metropolitan area. Emergency Fuel Waiver Concerning RFG in Richmond, Virginia, September 2005 (PDF) (375K, 2 pp)

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