On June 7, 2000 the State of Maine submitted to the EPA a proposal establishing a lower Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirement for gasoline distributed in southern Maine which includes York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Androscoggin, Knox, and Lincoln Counties. In these seven southern counties, RVP is limited to 7.8 psi from May 1 to Sept. 15 of each year, the remaining nine counties have a RVP of 9.0 psi. The 7.8 RVP standard in the summertime allows Maine to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). This translates into higher gasoline prices for the consumer, as suppliers need to blend and store a special fuel formulation for Maine’s seven southern counties from May 1 – September 15.
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