The nation’s truckstops and travel plazas are among the largest distributors of diesel fuel and gasoline, and NATSO closely monitors regulatory action and industry trends that affect the supply and distribution of fuel. From biodiesel tax credits to underground storage tank requirements, NATSO is on the forefront of industry issues.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule establishing ground-level ozone standards under the Clean Air Act. The rule, which did not go as far as the environmental community had hoped, is likely to affect fuel retailers in a variety of ways, primarily by injecting more heterogeneity into the motor fuels market, leading to increased costs of supply and ultimately higher prices at the pump.
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NATSO joined stakeholders representing the natural gas industry, fuel retailing groups and the trucking industry in urging the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) to support the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard for liquefied and compressed natural gas sales and retain the DGE standard as a voting issue on its upcoming fall agenda.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 31-19 on Sept. 17 to advance bipartisan legislation that would end the 40-year-old ban on exporting domestically produced crude oil.
Twenty-one states will receive grants through the $100 million Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to help fund E-15 infrastructure for 5,000 pumps at 1,400 gasoline retail stations.
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