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Kentucky Lawmakers Seeking Lower Gas Prices In N. Ky.

Posted On June 05, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Frankfort, Ky.) – Northern Kentuckians could soon be paying less at the gas pump.

Due to lower gas prices in Ohio, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet sent a letter to the federal government on April 18 asking that the northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton be exempt from selling more expensive reformulated gas.

Kentucky state lawmakers have asked if the state could switch back to conventional gas now that the type is much cleaner, and safer for the environment.

Some lawmakers are confident the request will be accepted as long as the switch doesn’t violate federal ozone standards.

“There have been significant improvements in conventional gasoline,” said Sean Alteri, head of Kentucky’s Division of Air Quality. “There is just a marginal difference in between the emissions from reformulated gas and conventional gas. Conventional gas has gotten so much cleaner.”

Senator John Schickel (R-Union) says reformulated gas is certainly a topic of discussion among northern Kentucky residents.

However, federal regulators have begun a petition to stop a change to conventional gas.