Branstad Suspends Some Propane Rules in Iowa

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) speaks during a press conference on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (KCCI-TV Des Moines)

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By KCRG Intern

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is suspending the specific hours that drivers can transport propane in Iowa.

Branstad announced the emergency declaration Thursday. It goes into effect Friday and ends Nov. 7.

The declaration says Iowa residents have extremely low supplies of propane because of a late harvest and high demand for petroleum products throughout the Midwest.

The declaration adds that adequate supplies of propane are necessary for normal agricultural harvesting and residential heating, particularly in rural areas.

The suspension does not mean that fatigued or ill drivers should transport propane. Drivers needing rest should be given certain hours before they return to service.

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