4/7/17
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Ohio EPA Obtains Federal Approval to Remove Low RVP Fuel Requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton Areas 

Ohio EPA has received approval from U.S. EPA to remove Ohio’s low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. 

Low RVP fuel became part of Ohio EPA’s air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) a decade ago to reduce nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emissions from vehicles and meet national ambient air quality standards for ozone. Low RVP fuel requirements are currently in effect in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in the Cincinnati area, and Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties in the Dayton area. 

Ohio EPA proposed to remove the low RVP fuel requirements because they are no longer the cost-effective approach for reducing ozone that they were when the program was initiated to replace the E-Check program. 

The state has demonstrated to U.S. EPA that reduced emissions from MillerCoors Brewing in Cincinnati and Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, which have recently completed environmentally beneficial projects converting from coal to natural gas, will more than offset the increased emissions of removing the low RVP fuel requirement. 

More information on the removal of the low RVP program is available online.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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