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Gas prices cooling off as summer fades into fall


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It feels a little warmer than usual, but experts say the change in seasons could be fueling lower prices. Transportation experts said the EPA holds stricter standards for gasoline production during the summer months. That can cost an extra couple of cents per gallon, which makes gas more expensive for everyone.

"A whole $80 to fill this tank," said Ted Davis, who lives in Wausau. "It's a 20 gallon tank and it's not easy to fill it anymore. I used to fill it. I don't anymore. It's ridiculous."

"Everybody wants to figure out why their prices accent higher or lower than the surrounding communities and many times, it's not quite as simple as saying it's this factor or that factor," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "There are a lot of factors that go into it."

"A lot of it comes down to competition," said DeHaan. "And there are hundreds of different measures that go into competition."

DeHaan said prices may be lower in cities that have more gas stations, since drivers have more options.

"A few years ago, it was only $2 or a $1.90 or something," said Chrystin Potvine, who lives in Wausau. "It was a lot easier back then."

Another factor in pricing -- federal regulations. During the summer, the EPA holds stricter standards for fuel, costing a few extra cents per gallon to make.

"Temperatures cool off and the EPA reduces its requirements because air pollution is not as big of a deal in cooler months," said DeHaan.

Transportation leaders said gas prices rise and fall just like the stock market. But many drivers said they want to see those number keep dropping.

Newsline 9 tried to contact several gas station owners, but they weren't available for comment.

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