BATON ROUGE, La. ? Louisiana has been granted a Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver because of Hurricane Isaac. The waiver covers 14 parishes: Ascension, E. Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Point Coupee, St. Benard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Mary and W. Baton Rouge.
Gov. Bobby Jindal asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the waiver because of Hurricane Isaac. Several Louisiana refineries will shut down because of the hurricane, which will cause an insufficient supply of 7.8 psi RVP gasoline available for distribution to those parishes listed above.
The waiver is effective immediately and will be in effect through midnight on September 6. Retailers should continue to sell gasoline meeting the 7.8 psi RVP standard as long as supplies are avilable.
The EPA said in a letter to the governor that ?in the event that emergency conditions preclude the sale or distribution of gasoline meeting this standard, gasoline with an RVP of 9.0 psi may be distributed or sold. ? [After September 6,] retailers and wholesale purchaser-consumers may continue selling or dispensing gasoline not meeting the applicable RVP standard until their supplies are depleted.?
This waiver was granted pursuant to authority granted the administrator in the 2005 Energy Policy Act. This specific provision was advocated by NACS as part of broader reforms to regulations that had created a complicated system of boutique fuel islands throughout the nation, which exacerbate regional supply problems.