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While the storm has decreased to a Category 1 hurricane as of Tuesday morning, the potential for extensive damage has alarmed federal and state governments intent on avoiding a disaster on par with that caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Among other responses, the agency released most of Louisiana and parts of Texas from its fuel laws. "Given the projected path, severity of the storm, and the evacuation of major areas of the state, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson determined that extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which are likely to result in a shortage of gasoline compliant with federal regulations," the agency said in a press release. "The federal waiver will help ensure an adequate supply of gasoline in the affected area during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm
The waiver applies to the 7.8 RVP (Reid vapor pressure) gasoline volatility requirements that apply in 16 parishes in Louisiana. Gasoline volatility standards are imposed during summer months to help control emissions from motor vehicles; temporary suspension of such standards will allow for the sale of available supplies of conventional gasoline that have higher volatility limits, according to the release. The waiver will last until Sept. 8.
The 16 Louisiana parishes receiving waivers: Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, E. Baton Rouge, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. Mary, and W. Baton Rouge.