As Florida gas prices continue to decline, discussion on radio talk shows point to the fact that prices should continue to fall as the State moves from the 7.8 Summer blend, back to the traditional 9.0 blend. What many never realized however, is that the Summer blend was not used this year within the State.
Summer-grade versus Winter-grade Fuel
Between the period of June 1 and September 15, the EPA regulates gasoline volatility through the VOC reduction season. Certain counties within the State were required to use the 7.8 RVP (Reid Vapor Pressure) gas blend. In Florida, these counties were: Broward, Dale, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Pinella. The counties in North Carolina included the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point areas.
Updates since original article written
2014 was the first year that Florida remained with the 9.0 blend through the Summer season, eliminating the usage of the formerly required 7.8 blend. Florida, as well as North Carolina, will no longer be mandated to use the 7.8 RVP blend during the Summer season.
The decision comes from a document signed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on March 19, 2014 detailing the action, submitting the document for publication in the Federal Register. However, the rule went into effect without any further notice since the agency received no adverse comments within 30 days of the Federal Register publication.
The original proposal to the EPA by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was submitted as a request for a “Uniform Statewide Reid Vapor Pressure Standard” which many believe could lead the way for other States to request the same standard.
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