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EPA grants Louisiana 10-day clean gas waiver

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Posted: Aug 29, 2012 12:51 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 12:51 PM
Source: AP

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Topics: ISAAC, LOUISIANA, NEW ORLEANS, BATON ROUGE, GRANT, 10-DAY CLEAN GAS WAIVER, OBAMA, JINDAL

WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is waiving clean gas requirements in Louisiana to make sure residents have enough supplies as Hurricane Isaac makes its way through the state.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it's lifting some Clean Air Act standards for 10 days. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances are likely to cause a gasoline shortage.

The waiver covers 14 of Louisiana's 64 parishes and includes the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It lets gas stations sell conventional fuel in addition to the cleaner-burning fuel federal law normally requires.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal requested the waiver.

AAA says the national price of gas jumped 5 cents from Tuesday to Wednesday due to Isaac.

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