Fuel & Environmental
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 Obama Administration on April 22 proposed to require recipients of federal transportation dollars -- mostly states, cities, and metropolitan planning areas -- to track transportation-related emissions and set goals for cutting them. Although it would not establish targets or penalties, the proposal is designed to make state and regional infrastructure planners account for climate impacts to encourage "smarter" transportation planning strategies, such as mass transit and electric vehicles, while discouraging sprawl-inducing exurban roads projects.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 15 submitted its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), marking the final step before the rule is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.
Businesses that own or operate an underground storage tank (UST) system in a state whose UST program does not have "state program approval" status from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are subject to enhanced requirements as of April 12, 2016.
California has banned the sale of engine oils that don’t meet current API service classifications or OEM specifications, effective Jan. 1, 2016. At the same time, a major retailer, Dollar General, is the target of class action lawsuits, charging that the sale of “obsolete oils” in its stores will damage vehicle engines.
Retailers are urged to check their shelves to ensure that motor oils sold to consumers meet at least one active API classification, one active sequence of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), or one active original equipment manufacturer specification.
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