New States of Emergency Declared

The governors of Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky recently declared states of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
September 13, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on Friday, more states have issued executive orders waiving hours of service restrictions, and the federal government waived Reid vapor pressure (RVP) requirements for North and South Carolina.

In Georgia, the executive order waived hours of service restrictions for drivers responding to the emergency and delivering fuel or other necessary supplies. The order further lays out certain size and weight restrictions, as well as permitting requirements. The order is in effect for one week, though September 19.

The West Virginia proclamation covers the following counties: Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wettel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming. The proclamation declaring a state of preparedness enables a waiver on hours of service restrictions, which can be in effect for up to 30 days.

Tennessee’s governor is aiming to prepare for an influx of people evacuating from the Carolinas, as well as any additional effects the storm may have on Tennessee itself. As such, Tennessee temporarily waived hours of service requirements, suspended some height, length, and width restrictions, and made certain permitting processes faster in preparation for the storm. The order is in effect through October 11.

The secretary of transportation in Kentucky waived hours of service restrictions for drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency. The declaration is in effect through October 10.

In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has waived federal RVP requirements for North and South Carolina. Specifically, the waiver allows winter gasoline with “an RVP of 11.5 pounds per square inch (psi) before the addition of any ethanol” to be sold in the affected areas. This waiver is effective through September 15, which is the end of the summer RVP restrictions.

EPA also waived certain co-mingling prohibitions related to reformulated gasoline, thereby allowing RBOB gasoline to be combined with “any other gasoline, blendstock, or oxygenate.” This waiver lasts through October 1.

As of September 12, EPA waived federal RVP requirements for Georgia and the following Virginia counties: Charles City County, Chesapeake, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Hampton, Hanover County, Henrico County, Hopewell, James City county, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Richmond, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and York County. EPA states that “regulated parties may produce, sell or distribute winter gasoline (including gasoline blendstocks for oxygenate blending (BOBs)) with an RVP of up to 9.0 pounds per square inch (psi) before the addition of any ethanol in Georgia and an RVP of up to 11.5 psi before the addition of any ethanol in the CG areas in Virginia and in the Southern Virginia RFG areas.” The waiver is in effect through September 15, the end of the high ozone season.

EPA also waived certain requirements for reformulated gasoline. EPA states that it is waiving prohibitions against “combining any RBOB with any other gasoline, blendstock, or oxygenate.” This waiver is in effect through September 30.

For a complete list of other waivers and states of emergency, as well as NACS resources, see Wednesday’s NACS Daily article.

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