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Michigan lifting some fuel rules after Indiana refinery fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor is lifting some rules on fuel supply transportation in response to an Indiana oil refinery fire that could affect supply and prices in some Midwestern states. Saturday's executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer lifts caps and limits on the hours that motor carriers and drivers can drive if they are carrying gas and diesel. The Detroit News reports it also seeks to suspend some rules that will allow the state access its fall gasoline supply early.

Also in response to the fire, the Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a federal rule for fuel sales in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the emergency waiver was granted Saturday for Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The waiver lifts a Clear Air Act requirement that lower-volatility gasoline be sold in the states during summer months to limit ozone pollution.

BP said its refinery in Whiting, Indiana experienced an electrical fire Wednesday that led to at least a partial shutdown.It says it's still assessing when affected units can restart.

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