Refiners Push to Delay Summer Clean-Fuel Standards on Demand Hit

March 19, 2020, 10:00 AM

Some U.S. oil refiners are preparing to ask the Trump administration to delay a government-mandated shift to cleaner burning, summer-grade gasoline as they brace for a dramatic downturn in fuel demand due to the coronavirus.

Starting June 1, the Environmental Protection Agency requires retail fuel stations in many parts of the country to sell only low-volatility gasoline to minimize air pollution during warmer summer months. But as the coronavirus outbreak takes more drivers off the road and threatens to obliterate demand for the fuel, refiners are worried they won’t be able to offload stockpiles of their winter-grade gasoline before the ...

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