The US EPA has issued an emergency fuel waiver for the federal RVP and RFG requirements applicable to the downstream terminal and distribution network, including federally-enforceable SIP areas, due to demand destruction caused by Covid-19 preventing the timely turnover of product in storage tanks to compliant summer gasoline by May 1, 2020.
RVP Waiver Conditions – EPA is waiving the low RVP requirements as follows:
• Refiners may not produce gasoline that exceeds the applicable summer gasoline volatility standards after May 1, 2020.
• Butane may not be added to previously certified conventional gasoline if the butane would cause the gasoline to exceed the applicable summer gasoline volatility standards. Butane is already prohibited from addition to RFG gasoline during the summer.
• Gasoline that does not meet the RVP requirements may not be introduced into terminal storage tanks from which gasoline is dispensed into trucks for distribution after May 20, 2020.
• Any gasoline meeting the conditions of this waiver that is stored in terminal storage tanks after May 20, 2020, may be distributed and sold until the supply is depleted.
• Retailers and WPCs in these same areas may continue to sell or dispense gasoline meeting the conditions of this waiver after May 20, 2020, until their supplies are depleted.
RFG Waiver Conditions – EPA is waiving the federal RFG requirements for all RFG covered areas and commingling prohibition
• Allows the sale of conventional gasoline in an RFG area.
• Allows the sale of non-VOC RFG gasoline in an RFG area.
• Allows the combining of RBOB with any other gasoline, blendstock (i.e. CBOB), or oxygenate.
Federally-Enforceable SIP Covered Areas – EPA is waiving all low RVP and RFG requirements in any federally-enforceable SIP area
This waiver applies only to the applicable federal requirements and does not provide waivers for direct State regulations. State requirements are applicable unless waived by the appropriate state authorities.