As a result of the disruption in the supply of fuel caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has temporarily waived reformulated gasoline (RFG) requirements to allow the sale of conventional gasoline (CG) in all the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland. This latest waiver also extends the current RFG waiver in Virginia.
These waivers will allow greater flexibility for the fuel distribution system to support an adequate supply of gasoline.
The waiver is effective today and will continue through 7 October. Retail outlets and wholesalers that receive CG under this waiver may continue selling or dispensing this fuel after 7 October until their supplies are depleted.
Specific waiver summaries by jurisdiction follow:
District of Columbia. The waiver is effective in all of the District of Columbia.
Maryland. The waiver is effective in the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore (City and County), Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Queen Anne’s.
Virginia. On 12 September, EPA waived RFG requirements in the RFG Covered Areas in Virginia, effective through 26 September. In Virginia, the new waiver is effective beginning 27 September for the same areas: Alexandria; Arlington County; Fairfax; Fairfax County; Falls Church; Loudoun County; Manassas; Manassas Park; Prince William County; Stafford County; Charles City County; Chesterfield County; Colonial Heights; Hanover County; Henrico County; Hopewell; Richmond; Chesapeake; Hampton; James City County; Newport News; Norfolk; Poquoson; Portsmouth; Suffolk; Virginia Beach; Williamsburg; and York County.