Current Regulations: Pittsburgh requires summer max. 7.8 psi RVP gasoline. See the Pennsylvania Code Title 25, Chapter 126, Subchapter C.
Federal RFG is required in the Philadelphia area, summer and winter.
HB 1202, approved by the Governor on 7/10/08 (Act No. 78), requires gasoline to contain 10 vol% cellulosic ethanol one year after annualized in-state cellulosic ethanol production reaches 350 million gallons, 2% biodiesel for on-road compression ignition engines one year after annualized in-state production reaches 40 million gallons, 5% biodiesel (100 million gallons), 10% biodiesel (200 million gallons), and 20% biodiesel (400 million gallons). Renewable (non ester) diesel can be substituted for up to 25% of the biodiesel mandate. The biodiesel mandate is contingent on diesel vehicle manufacturers not voiding or withdrawing warranties. The cellulosic ethanol mandate would not apply to regions where it would violate or conflict with a NAAQS SIP. See 73 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. sections 1650.3 and1650.4. On 1/15/09, Governor Rendell announced that the in-state biodiesel production threshold had been met and the 2% biodiesel requirement will be effective within a year. In a report to the General Assembly dated 8/27/09, the PA Department of Agriculture announced that there is sufficient infrastructure and the 2 vol% biodiesel mandate will be effective on 5/1/10.
On 9/10/11, EPA waived the 7.8 psi RVP requirement for gasoline sold in the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley Area. Under this temporary waiver, regulated parties may sell or distribute gasoline with a maximum RVP of 9.0 psi through 9/15/11.
In a letter dated 10/31/12, EPA issued a waiver to allow conventional gasoline in Philadelphia and to relax commingling restrictions through 11/20/12 because of Hurricane Sandy.
In a letter dated 11/2/12, EPA issued a limited waiver to allow the sale, distribution and use of high sulfur diesel with several restrictions through November 20.
On 11/2/12, the Department of Agriculture granted a waiver of the two percent biodiesel content requirement through November 12; the effective date was extended through November 22 on 11/9/12.
On 12/13/12, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved sulfur content limits for commercial fuel oil beginning 7/1/16: 500 ppm for No. 2 and lighter, 0.25 wt% for No. 4, and 0.5 wt% for No. 5, 6 and heavier. See 25 PA. Code Chapter 123.
SB 1037, approved by the governor on 5/14/14 (Act No. 50), requires the state to amend SIP and, if approved, to repeal volatility requirements for summer gasoline in Pittsburgh.
In a letter dated 11/3/16, EPA waived the federal RFG requirement through 11/23/16.
In a multi-state letter dated 8/31/17, to address a fuel supply emergency caused by Hurricane Harvey, EPA waived RFG requirements and allowed 11.5 psi RVP gasoline throughout the state through September 15. In a multi-state letter dated 9/7/17, EPA extended the RFG waiver through September 26.
Legislature: Passed by the House in Nov. 2001 (but not voted on by the Senate), HB1918 would ban MTBE in gasoline on Jan. 1, 2004.
Introduced in Feb. 2003, HB 427 would ban MTBE on Jan. 1, 2004.
HB 2576, introduced in April 2004, would ban MTBE effective July 1, 2007 (except for a de minimis level of 0.5 vol%). SB 1116, introduced in May 2004, would ban MTBE exceeding 0.5 vol% effective January 1, 2009.
Introduced in February 2005, HB 620 would ban MTBE effective January 1, 2006. HB 718, introduced in March 2005, would ban MTBE (allowing a de minimis level of 0.5 vol%) in two years. Introduced in July 2005, SB 824 would ban MTBE in gasoline, effective in 5 years. HB 2004, introduced in October 2005, would phase-out the use of MTBE in gasoline over a five-year period and ban MTBE effective 1/1/09 (except for a de minimis level of 0.5 vol%).
HB 436, introduced in February 2007, would require the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection to phase-out the use of MTBE in gasoline over five years. Introduced in March 2007, HB 793 would ban MTBE gasoline in 2 years, and allow a de minimis of 0.5 vol%.
Passed by the Senate on 6/24/09, SB 901 would exempt diesel fuel produced from 100% PA crude oil by a small refiner from the biodiesel mandate through 12/31/10.
Introduced in March 2010, SB 1282 would require that all oilheat fuel (distillate fuel oil) and off-road diesel achieve at least a 5% biodiesel blend by 5/1/11 and 10% by 5/1/13 (with conditions); oilheat fuel (distillate fuel oil) would have no more than 15 ppm sulfur by 5/1/11. There are exceptions for diesel fuel produced from 100% PA grade crude oil by a small refiner from the current biodiesel mandate through 12/31/10, and for aviation, locomotive, and marine fuel. HB 2578, introduced in June 2010, would require that all oilheat fuel (distillate fuel oil) and off-road diesel achieve at least a 5% biodiesel blend by 5/1/11 and 10% by 5/1/13 (with conditions); oilheat fuel (distillate fuel oil) would have no more than 15 ppm sulfur by 5/1/11. There are exceptions for diesel fuel produced from 100% PA grade crude oil by a small refiner from the current biodiesel mandate through 12/31/10, aviation, locomotive, and marine fuel, and home heating oil.
HB 471, introduced in February 2015, would replace the cellulosic ethanol mandate with a requirement that all gasoline contain 10% by volume cellulosic ethanol one year after in-state production volume of 350 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol has been reached and sustained (with limited renewable fuel substitutions), except where the use of cellulosic ethanol would violate, conflict with or exacerbate compliance with a NAAQS SIP; passed by the House on 9/21/15.
Proposed State Actions: The Acting Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection and representatives of ten other states signed a Letter of Intent, dated 12/31/08, to analyze low carbon fuel supply options and develop a framework for a regional Low Carbon Fuel Standard in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region. Governor Rendell and the governors of 10 NE/MA states signed a Memorandum of Understanding dated 12/30/09 for the development of a regional LCFS.
Last updated September 2017