US issues emergency fuel waivers in 12 states
U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday issued emergency fuel waivers to help ease reformulated gasoline shortages in 12 states and the District of Columbia as supplies tighten five days after a cyber attack shut down the largest pipeline in the country.
The Environmental Protection Agency initially said the fuel vapor rule waiver would run until May 18 for fuel sold in Washington, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and that it could take other measures with the Ministry of Energy.
Later Tuesday, he issued a second waiver to also include Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, specific counties of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and extend its duration until May 31.
The White House, in a statement Monday evening, also said it was continuing to monitor supply shortages and weighing its options in the wake of the colonial pipeline attack.
“As required by law, the EPA and the DOE have assessed the situation and determined that granting a short-term waiver is in the public interest,” the EPA said, adding that it was prepared to offer “extra flexibility” as needed to deal with any fuel shortages. .
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it was issuing a temporary hours-of-service exemption for truck drivers transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products in states that may be affected by the pipeline closure.
The Colonial pipeline hack closed a major artery to ship fuel to the eastern United States, though the company expects to put the pipeline into service by the end of this week.