Menendez, Lautenberg Applaud EPA Decision to Allow Additional Fuel Delivery to New Jersey

Menendez, Lautenberg Applaud EPA Decision to Allow Additional Fuel Delivery to New Jersey

NEWARK-U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for helping expedite delivery of fuel to New Jersey. Yesterday, in a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Senators asked that the EPA temporarily ease some biofuel delivery rules at East Coast shipping facilities in order to relieve the fuel shortage in New Jersey caused by Superstorm Sandy, and the EPA has granted this request.

Due to damaged fuel terminals in New Jersey, millions of gallons of biofuels are currently unable to reach the state. But with today's decision by EPA, fuel can now be transported by train to other facilities on the East Coast, such as Baltimore, Maryland, and then shipped up to New Jersey.

"We need to get fuel flowing into New Jersey, and the EPA's decision to allow fuel to be rerouted to New Jersey is an important step toward getting our state moving again. The fuel shortage and power outages at gas stations are holding our state back from a full recovery. We will continue working to do everything possible to get our first responders and all New Jerseyans moving again," said the Senators.

Last week, the Senators called on President Obama to dispatch supplies of gasoline and fuel, and to ramp up federal efforts to restore power to gas stations and provide federal assistance with the investigation of gas price gouging claims. The Senators also worked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to expedite the delivery of fuel trucks to New Jersey.

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