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EPD announces end to higher gas prices
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 27, 2013 | 1421 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gas prices in Jones County and Gray can now be competitive  with surrounding counties.
Gas prices in Jones County and Gray can now be competitive with surrounding counties.
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After 10 years of federally mandated higher gas prices, it appears Jones County retailers may have fought their way to a level playing field for the coming year.

The Atlanta Gas Committee, led by Commissioner Tommy Robinson, was the final group to take up the fight against the inclusion of Jones County in Atlanta’s air pollution problems by the Environmental Protection Agency, which occurred in 2004.

Jones County Administrator Mike Underwood was the first to send out an announcement of the change in EPA regulations that would eliminate the price disparity.

Underwood’s Nov. 18 e-mail stated that he received a phone call from State Rep. Bubber Epps with the good news. Epps had been contacted with the news by Russ Pennington, director of policy and public affairs for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division.

“The Federal EPA has signed off on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division plan that had been submitted. This plan will place all of Georgia under the same fuel requirements, thereby eliminating the low sulfur requirement for our area,” Underwood said.

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