NC DENR: Triangle, Triad motorists saved about $18M in gas costs this summer
Drivers and businesses in the Triangle and Triad saw an average savings of about 7 cents per gallon - an estimated $18 million - at the gas pumps this summer, as a result of a rule change by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.Posted — Updated
DENR said Wednesday that relaxing the rule resulted in a cost savings of more than $18 million in the two metro areas from June 1 to Sept. 15.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations have required gasoline in the two regions to be formulated differently to reduce ground-level ozone.
DENR, however, earlier this year, used air quality data to convince the EPA that the change had an insignificant impact on air quality.
The EPA permanently dropped the regulation in May – a move that resulted in the lower gas prices.
The savings to gasoline service stations in the counties affected by the relaxation of the fuel requirement is substantial, says Sheila Holman, director of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.
“The EPA approval to change the summertime gasoline standard in the Triangle and Triad saves consumers and businesses money while having no impact on air quality,” Holman said.
Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.