The Environmental Protection Agency updated a 38-state fuel waiver on Thursday to include the gasoline and diesel needs of states about to be impacted by Hurricane Irma.
The EPA waiver supersedes the previous multi-state one that was issued on Aug. 31 in response to fuel shortages and high prices caused in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which continues to impact fuel production on the Gulf Coast.
The EPA continues to waive requirements for low-volatility gasoline through Sept. 15, but it added a waiver for more strict reformulated gasoline requirements required to meet air regulations for cutting smog-forming ozone emissions.
The waivers bypass the need for more refining and processing, and help to get more fuel to market more quickly.
Thursday's waiver also extends previous waivers for specific fuel-blending requirements for Texas that's gasoline and diesel market is struggling in the aftermath of Harvey.