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Gov. Rick Snyder declares energy emergency in Michigan after Hurricane Harvey

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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder declared an energy emergency Thursday for Michigan to ensure there will be adequate fuel supplies after Hurricane Harvey.

The declaration complements a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order waiving certain requirements of the Clean Air Act relating to the sale, distribution and use of gasoline.

The order suspends the Michigan Reid vapor pressure regulations to allow the transportation and sale of motor fuels with a Reid vapor pressure up to 9.0 psi in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee counties and up to 11.5 psi elsewhere.

The vapor pressure of gasoline is regulated during the summer months to reduce emissions.

Typically, RVP cannot exceed 7.0 psi in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe and Lenawee counties and 9.0 elsewhere.

“With such severe impacts to the petroleum production, refining, and distribution facilities along the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Harvey, regional petroleum supplies will be affected across the country, including Michigan,” Snyder said. “This executive order will help ensure there are no artificial shortages of fuel impacting the state’s residents or visitors.”

The order will remain in effect until Sept. 16, unless it is rescinded before then.

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