WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2017 - In response to Hurricane Maria, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt approved a request from Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosella for an emergency fuel waiver. The action is meant to minimize or prevent disruption with the diesel fuel supply for emergency generators and pumps. Diesel requirements are waived through Oct. 15, allowing the fuel to be used in Emission Control Areas that exceed the 15-parts-per-million sulfur standard. The EPA previously announced it would facilitate the importation of mobile power generators in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The EPA is now assessing damages to oil sites and chemical facilities.

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