WOTUS Hearing, Amended Reformulated Gasoline Regulations Announced

New EPA notices affect Clean Water Act and Northern Kentucky fuel industry.
February 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A hearing on the revised definition of “Waters of the United States,” which clarifies the scope of federally regulated waters under the Clean Water Act, will be held in Kansas City, Kansas, on Feb. 27 and 28, 2019, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The hearing is scheduled by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to give interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or information concerning the revised definition. Anyone wishing to participate must pre-register online no later than Feb. 21, 2019.

In other EPA news, the agency is amending its reformulated gasoline regulations to reflect that Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky, which are part of the Cincinnati-Hamilton, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana ozone area, are no longer federal reformulated gasoline (RFG) covered areas as of July 1, 2018.

The agency has approved a petition from the state of Kentucky to opt-out of the federal RFG program and removed the requirement to sell federal RFG in the Northern Kentucky area as of July 1, 2018. This effective date applies to retailers, wholesale purchaser-consumers, refiners, importers, and distributors.