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MANY GAS STATIONS WIRED FOR GENERATOR POWER

Nearly all of the gas stations that are required by a new law to be able to run on generators after a hurricane have complied, officials said Friday.

A spokesman for the state Agriculture Department, which inspects gas stations, said there are now only about 20 outlets that haven't met the requirement, which went into effect June 1.

He said officials were working to determine what to do about those still not complying.

Certain gas stations are required to be wired to use generators, but many won't actually have generators on site.

Outlets within a half-mile of certain major evacuation routes must be wired with a transfer switch and capable of operating fuel pumps, dispensing equipment and credit card payment equipment on generator power.

Companies that own 10 or more retail gas stations in a single county must have one generator for every 10 stations. Certain other companies that own multiple gas stations in the same region are also required to be able to operate on generators.

Nearly 1,100 stations are covered by the law.

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