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ATLANTA -- Atlanta-area gas stations have gotten a temporary fuel-requirement waiver from the federal government in the wake of Hurricane Ivan, reported Wastenews.com.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that shortages of low-sulfur gasoline required in the Atlanta area under the Clean Air Act require a waiver. Hurricane Ivan has caused refinery and fuel delivery issues due to flooding and power outages at major supply terminals.
The EPA is exercising its regulatory discretion to allow refineries and gas stations to produce, import, distribute and sell gasoline that does not comply with Georgia´s federally approved implementation plan, which covers 45 counties.
The waivers will remain in effect until midnight on Sept. 24. Retail outlets that receive noncompliant gasoline can continue selling it until their supplies run out.