Rain from Hurricane Isaac falls over Bourbon Street on August 29 in New Orleans. The hurricane is slowly moving across SE Louisiana, dumping rain and knocking out power. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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By JOSH LEDERMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is waiving clean gas requirements in Louisiana to make sure residents have enough supplies as Hurricane Isaac makes its way through the state.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it's lifting some Clean Air Act standards for 10 days. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says extreme circumstances are likely to cause a gasoline shortage.
The waiver covers 14 of Louisiana's 64 parishes and includes the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It lets gas stations sell conventional fuel in addition to the cleaner-burning fuel federal law normally requires.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal requested the waiver.
AAA says the national price of gas jumped 5 cents from Tuesday to Wednesday due to Isaac.
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