Gov. says waiver will ensure adequate gas supplies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen said the federal government has taken steps that will ensure Tennesseans have an adequate supply of gasoline in the wake of a sudden panic over gas shortages.

AAA East Tennessee spokesman Don Lindsey said there was a run Thursday on gas stations in the area fueled by speculation about the impact of Hurricane Ike on gas supplies and refineries in the Gulf Coast.

The Environmental Protection Agency has waived specific fuel standards that are imposed during summer months on some Tennessee counties to help control emissions from motor vehicles.

Bredesen said the waiver allows for the sale of available supplies of gasoline that has higher volatility limits.

The EPA and the Department of Energy will allow the early use of winter fuel in Tennessee and eight other Southeast states.

Oil fell below $100 per barrel for a period Friday for the first time in five months.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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