WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it waived an environmental rule through June 17 for gasoline sold in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania after damage to Buckeye Partners’ Laurel products pipeline.
The EPA said it waived the low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) requirement temporarily “to help ensure that an adequate supply of gasoline is available in the affected areas until normal supply to the region can be restored,” the EPA said in a statement.
The EPA sets the pressure requirements to reduce emissions that contribute to smog. As temperatures rise during the summer, standards shift to lower pressure gasoline.
The pipeline was damaged on May 20 after a release of water near Pittsburgh during scheduled maintenance and hydrostatic testing, Buckeye said in a statement.
The 350-mile (560-km) Laurel pipeline connects Philadelphia area refiners to the Pittsburgh market, located in Alleghany county.
The damaged segment is undergoing repairs, but deliveries are continuing to all regional terminals, Buckeye said.
Reporting by Timothy Gardner and Stephanie Kelly; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Marguerita Choy and Susan Thomas