Jones County environmental code officer Tiffany Davis said she spoke to a representative of the Environmental Protection Agency March 27 and found out it was approved at the agency’s March 25 meeting for Jones County to be taken out of Atlanta’s non-attainment area. That means Jones County’s retail gas suppliers will no longer have to buy the higher priced low sulfur and low vapor fuels.
Davis said lower cost gas should appear in Jones County by May. She said Jones County has felt the negative effects of being required to sell a special blend of fuel since 2003 while surrounding counties were not.
In November of 2013, the EPA approved Georgia EPD’s request to reclassify the 45 counties in the non-attainment area as in compliance. Upon their approval, the Georgia EPD would begin their rule change process on the state level.
Davis said earlier this year the EPD proposed the rule change to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board that would eliminate the requirement for the special fuel blend that Jones County must sell during the summer months.
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