August 30, 2017 / 5:52 PM / a year ago

U.S. EPA expands fuel waivers to multiple states due to Storm Harvey

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Wednesday it has expanded fuel waivers for gasoline in response to requests from states to minimize potential supply shortages from Tropical Storm Harvey.

A gas pump is covered with an out of service message as fuel ran out ahead of Hurricane Harvey's arrival near the Texas coastal area, in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 25, 2017. REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder

The waiver applies to Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a letter.

Three of those states had previously been approved by the agency: Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

The waiver eases regulations requiring the use of low-volatility conventional gasoline during the summer season.

Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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