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Release of 'Winter-Blend' Gas Could Reduce Prices

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California's air pollution regulators say the state's air quality is not expected to worsen appreciably now that Governor Jerry Brown has ordered release of a dirtier blend of gasoline to help bring down record-high pump prices.

The move allows the so-called "winter-blend" of gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to increase supply.

AAA said the average price for a gallon of regular hit $4.668 Monday in California -- the highest price in the nation and an all-time high there.

Analysts say the spike was driven by refinery disruptions and corrosion issues in an important pipeline.

California usually converts to the gas on Oct. 31. The fuel evaporates in heat more quickly than summer-blends, so it sends more pollutants into the environment, especially in warm weather. (AP)

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