Illinois EPA Grants Provisional
Variance to Meet Motor Fuels Need Following Hurricane Harvey
Provides Temporary Variance from Emission
Standards Related to Motor Fuel
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[September 02, 2017]
Illinois EPA has granted a provisional variance to members of the
Illinois Petroleum Council (IPC) from requirements of Illinois
emission standards and limitations as they relate to motor fuels.
This includes variance of the gasoline volatility standards,
gasoline delivery vessel sticker requirements and the Reid Vapor
Pressure of gasoline in Illinois during the regulatory control
period of May 1 through September 15. The variance will allow IPC
members to operate within parameters of the Federal Fuel Waiver that
was issued by U.S. EPA on August 31.
The Illinois EPA is granting the request for provisional variance as
an arbitrary and unreasonable hardship may result in the event of a
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IPC members accepting the provisional variance must submit a
certification to the Illinois EPA accepting regulatory relief granted by the
The variance is intended to provide temporary relief to
nationwide disruptions to gasoline supply and distribution networks resulting in
the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In light of catastrophic events that have
occurred, the regulatory relief is intended to aid the gasoline supply.
Relief is granted for a period ending no later than September 22, 2017.
[Illinois Environmental Protection