Friday, April 20, 2018

DEP Suspends Enforcement Of Low-RVP Gasoline Requirement In Pittsburgh After Final Regulation Repealing The Requirement Published

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the April 21 PA Bulletin it is suspending the enforcement of the low-RVP summertime gasoline requirement in the Pittsburgh Region starting May 1 since a final regulation repealing the requirement was published in the April 7 PA Bulletin.
The low-RVP requirement affects Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties and has typically raised the cost of gasoline in the region from 10 to 15 cents a gallon.
DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality concluded the low-RVP gasoline requirement contributed minimally to improved air quality and was trending toward no air quality benefits for the region.  Click Here for more.
The final regulation repealing the low-RVP gasoline requirement must still be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an amendment to the State Air Quality Implementation Plan.
The April 21 notice said-- “In light of the uncertainty as to when the EPA may act on this SIP revision, and in an effort to inform the regulated community as to the Department's intentions regarding summertime gasoline volatility requirements compliance obligations for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Area, the Department is providing this notice that it is suspending the enforcement” of the requirement.
For more information or questions regarding compliance requirements under 25 Pa. Code Chapter 126, Subchapter C, contact Susan Foster, Chief, Division of Compliance and Enforcement, Bureau of Air Quality, (717) 772-3369,
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