June 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Summer gas rules take effect in southeast Mich.

State inspectors are checking Michigan's 100,000 gas pumps to ensure compliance and accuracy during the summer gas season, which runs through Sept. 15. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)

State officials resumed ozone monitoring Sunday in eight southeast Michigan counties to lower smog in the area.

In a news release, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said gasoline retailers must sell fuel that does not exceed vapor pressure of 7 pounds per square inch in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe, St. Clair and Lenawee counties.

The department said state inspectors are checking Michigan’s 100,000 gas pumps to ensure compliance and accuracy during the summer gas season, which runs through Sept. 15.

“It’s our charge to make sure those pumps are dispensing both the correct quantity and the proper quality of gas every time someone gets gas,” said Jamie Clover Adams, the department’s director.

“Also, the lower vapor pressure in the eight counties selling the summer-formula gasoline will prevent over 28 tons of smog-causing compounds from being released into the atmosphere per day.”

The announcement comes as the weather warms up and gas prices are rising.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Metro Detroit is about $3.95, according to AAA Michigan. Last week, the average price was about $3.83.

“Every penny counts when you are filling your tank,” Adams said in a statement.

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