Governor Whitmer Issues Executive Order Suspending Required April 1 Gasoline Vapor Pressure Reduction

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-31, suspending the April 1 requirement for lower vapor pressure gasoline. The order takes effect immediately and expires on May 31st, 2020.

To ensure the health and safety of the public, gasoline supplies must remain available to support essential functions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This public health emergency has caused an unexpected oversupply of higher volatility gasoline, which is occupying bulk fuel storage systems and preventing many distributors from shifting their supplies to lower volatility gasoline that meets vapor pressure requirements for sale in Michigan beginning April 1, 2020.

Stocks of winter-blend gasoline, which is sold in Michigan prior to April 1, are ample and available to supplement the under supply of April-compliant gasoline stocks during this emergency.

The Executive Order, EO 2020-31 can be found here.

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