USDA Grain Transportation Report 2 (9/1): FMCSA and EPA Issue Hours-of-Service, Fuel Waivers in Midwest

According to the USDA Grain Transportation Report, on August 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a temporary hours- of-service (HOS) exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting fuel and other refined petroleum products to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

The waiver was issued to ensure the supply of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to these four States after the emergency shutdown of the BP refinery in Whiting, IN. The waiver will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September. 10, or until the end of the emergency. On August 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also issued an emergency fuel waiver to help alleviate fuel shortages in the affected States.

Valid through September 15, the waiver applies to State Implementation Plan requirements regulating the volatility of gasoline sold in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The waiver is intended to facilitate the supply of fuel in these States.

Read full report here.