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.
Republican Senator David Vitter (R-La.) said Feb. 25 that he would be open to increasing the federal motor fuels tax to fund transportation projects provided the hike was offset by a cut somewhere in the nation’s tax code.
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A bipartisan group of 32 U.S. Senators wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 9 urging the agency to quickly to approve strong biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
At its interim meeting last week, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) decided to schedule a vote on a proposal to mandate a 10 micron filter for diesel dispensers that serve automobiles. NCWM will consider the issue again at its annual meeting in July 2015, despite it being voted down at its previous meeting in July 2014. Currently the standard is a 30 micron filter for diesel fuel dispensers on the automotive service island.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Nov. 21 that it will not finalize a 2014 rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard, citing the significant number of public comments and an inability to finalize the standards before the end of the year.
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