EPA issues emergency fuel waiver for southeast

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has exercised the agency’s emergency fuel waiver authority for states affected by Hurricane Harvey’s impact on gas prices.

The EPA is waiving reformulated gas and low volatility gas requirements through September 15th.

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The waiver includes Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.

The agency will continue to monitor the fuel supply.

According to the GasBuddy.com heat map, prices in our area are running about 20 cents higher than before the hurricane.

Average prices now in the Tennessee Valley range from $2.40 in Dade County to $2.07 in the Soddy-Daisy area.

Gasbuddy.com gas heat map

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, says “Prices will likely rise nearly country wide heading into Labor Day, from rural towns in the Rockies to major cities in the Midwest and West Coast- nearly everyone will feel a bit of a pinch at the pump from Harvey.”

“The impact could linger for several weeks or longer, depending on how long it takes Texas refiners to return to normal operations.”

“In addition, the situation could worsen should more shutdowns or outages happen in the coming week as Harvey continues to drop feet of rain on already flooded Texas.”