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Gov. Wolf Hoping To Lower Gas Prices By 10-15 Cents

PA has a request in to the EPA to stop using 'summer blend' gas

May 29, 2018 - 9:46 am

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Nearly 10 cents separates Pennsylvania and Washington State as the nation’s top two states for highest gas tax.

Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf tells the KDKA Radio Morning News he is hoping to lower that total.

Wolf says the state is hoping to hear from EPA officials soon on Pennsylvania's request to stop using "summer blend" fuels. Recent studies have shown the blends don't do much to improve air quality.

“We’ve put the request in. I suspect we’re going to get [it] . . . I don’t want to speak for the EPA but I’m hoping we’ll get it and I’m hoping we’ll get it and I’m hoping we’ll hear fairly soon on that,” said Wolf.

Wolf says if approved, it could result in a 10 to 15 cent drop at the pump. AAA says the price for a gallon of regular fell about a penny last week to stand at $3.17, 12 cents higher than a month ago and 50 cents higher than a year ago.

 Wolf says the gas tax was passed before he became governor and the money was raised to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

“I want to assure you, it’s been used for good things. We’ve done 2,500 [road] projects in the last three years,” said Wolf. “We’ve had 1,600 bridges . . .  have been repaired or replaced and so the number of structurally deficient bridges has been cut in half.”

Wolf adds the biggest things affecting gas prices is the increasing price of petroleum around the world.

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