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Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: (724) 295-2200
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Capitol Office
216 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
Tel: 717-783-5327
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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Miller, House Committee Moves Western PA “Summer Gas” Legislation
4/9/2014
HARRSIBURG – The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today overwhelmingly passed legislation that would put an end to mandated use in seven western Pennsylvania counties of what is often referred to as “summer gas.” Senate Bill 1037, authored by Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), may now be taken up on the House floor.

“Residents in these seven counties are essentially being penalized because of where they live,” said committee Chairman Ron Miller (R-York). “Use of more expensive summer gas in the Pittsburgh area was intended to address certain environmental conditions, some of which will always exist due to their proximity to other states.”

Senate Bill 1037 would direct the Environmental Quality Board to adopt a regulation to repeal the requirement for use of low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) gasoline from May 1 to Sept. 15 in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties. Use of this product was originally required in 1999, when the Department of Environmental Protection adopted a fuel standard to address federal air pollution control measures.

“These seven counties, as well as a handful of counties in Maine, are the only areas of the country where the summer gas mandate remains in effect,” added Miller. “Florida and North Carolina recently passed repeals that relieve this burden on their residents.”

“We simply cannot wait for the federal government to act on its own on this issue,” said Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong). “This long-standing policy has cost the people of southwestern Pennsylvania unnecessarily for too long.”

“I was pleased to support the passage of the bill,” said Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana). “The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), a non-elective body of political appointees, seems more concerned about protecting their unaccountable power at the expense of southwestern Pennsylvania residents having to buy special, and more expensive, gasoline. It just isn’t fair and the situation must change.” 
 
Since 1999, introduction of ethanol into the gasoline formula has resulted in a product with a higher RVP value. This has translated into an average cost of 10-15 cents more per gallon in western Pennsylvania than in neighboring counties and also across the border in Ohio. 

Representative Ron Miller
93rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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