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NATSO Analysis: Trump Administration Seeks To Roll Back CAFE Standards

August 3, 2018

NATSO Analysis: Trump Administration Seeks To Roll Back CAFE Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency on August 2 released its long-awaited proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks.

NATSO Testifies EPA Needs Transparent Process to Assess Small Refinery Waivers

July 18, 2018

NATSO Testifies EPA Needs Transparent Process to Assess Small Refinery Waivers

A travel center executive testifying on behalf of NATSO told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the Agency needs a transparent process to guide its assessment of small refinery waiver requests to ensure that such exemptions don’t continue to undermine the law’s intent and decrease demand for biofuels.

NATSO to Testify on EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations

July 17, 2018

NATSO to Testify on EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligations

NATSO member Beth Westemeyer, Director of Business Development for Anew Travel and Fuel Centers, the retail arm of Zeeland Farm Services in Zeeland, Mich., is scheduled to testify July 18 at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., regarding the agency's proposed renewable fuel standards for 2019 and the biomass-based diesel volume for 2020.

NATSO Submits RFS Point of Obligation Brief

July 10, 2018

NATSO Submits RFS Point of Obligation Brief

NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), submitted an amicus brief last week to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals providing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) determination that the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) remain with refiners and importers. NATSO filed the brief in response to legal challenges from some refiners and importers that argue EPA should move the point of obligation to downstream entities.

EPA Administrator Resigns Amid Ethics Scandals

July 6, 2018

EPA Administrator Resigns Amid Ethics Scandals

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one of President Trump's most effective and controversial cabinet secretaries, resigned on July 5 amid continuing revelations about ethical lapses and investigations that plagued much of his tenure at the agency.

A Renewable Fuels Standard Deep Dive from the Alternative Fuels Council

July 1, 2018

A Renewable Fuels Standard Deep Dive from the Alternative Fuels Council

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which has been in place since 2005, can be a complex issue to untangle and understand.

NATSO Analysis: EPA's Proposed Biofuel Mandates a Mixed Bag for Travel Center Operators

June 27, 2018

NATSO Analysis: EPA's Proposed Biofuel Mandates a Mixed Bag for Travel Center Operators

The Environmental Protection Agency on June 26 released its proposed renewable volume obligations for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also includes a proposed 2020 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel. The proposal would increase advanced biofuels volume requirements for 2019 and biodiesel requirements for 2020 while holding the so-called "ethanol" volume requirement steady.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

June 26, 2018

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

NATSO on June 25 along with all major associations representing the biodiesel supply chain united in urging House and Senate Leaders and the two key tax writing committees to extend the $1 per gallon biodiesel blender’s tax credit as well as to seek a permanent tax incentive that will help foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

NATSO, Fuel Groups Urge States to Prioritize Full Range of Automotive Technologies, Fuels

June 25, 2018

NATSO, Fuel Groups Urge States to Prioritize Full Range of Automotive Technologies, Fuels

NATSO and five trade associations representing the fuel supply chain urged the Governors of eight states to prioritize the full range of automotive technologies and fuels available to consumers before allocating resources to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV).

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

June 25, 2018

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

Robin Puthusseril, Vice President and Co-Owner of the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill., testified June 22.

Democrats Urge EPA to Halt Hardship Waivers

June 21, 2018

Democrats Urge EPA to Halt Hardship Waivers

A dozen members of Congress on June 20 asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to stop granting small refineries hardship exemptions from their biofuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard until he answers questions that would allow Congress to evaluate the program.

Minnesota B-20 Mandate Reinstated

June 19, 2018

Minnesota B-20 Mandate Reinstated

Beginning on July 1, 2018, all diesel sold in Minnesota must contain at least 20 percent biodiesel (B-20).

EPA Formally Finalizes Ozone Nonattainment Designations

June 4, 2018

EPA Formally Finalizes Ozone Nonattainment Designations

The Environmental Protection Agency has published its final rule designating which areas of the country are not in attainment with the 2015 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Fifty-one areas, spread across 22 states and Washington, D.C., are not in attainment, EPA said. Now that nonattainment areas have been designated, state and local governments have up to three years to produce plans outlining how they will reduce emission levels and attain the standards. It is through these plans that states often must impose stricter standards for motor fuel, such as stricter product specifications and Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) requirements.

NHTSA Sends 2022-2025 CAFÉ Standards to OMB

May 31, 2018

NHTSA Sends 2022-2025 CAFÉ Standards to OMB

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 30 sent its proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.

Administration Repeals Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure

May 30, 2018

Administration Repeals Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure

As part of ongoing efforts to relax Obama-era climate efforts, the Trump Administration on May 29 repealed a rule that required recipients of federal transportation dollars -- mostly states, cities, and metropolitan planning areas -- to measure greenhouse gas emissions when planning transportation projects.

Minnesota Suspends B-20 Mandate Through End of June

May 23, 2018

Minnesota Suspends B-20 Mandate Through End of June

The Department of Commerce has suspended through June 30 Minnesota’s minimum biodiesel content requirement of 20 percent that went into effect on May 1, OPIS reported. Biodiesel offered for sale in the state during the suspension must meet the biodiesel minimum content requirement of 10 percent that was in effect prior to May 1.

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

May 9, 2018

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

President Trump said May 8 that he is considering allowing the unrestricted sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and will let biofuel exports count toward refiners’ domestic renewable fuel obligations. The proposed changes follow months of fractious negotiations between the corn and oil industries over the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, major elements of the compromise remained in dispute after the meeting between top administration officials and four senators ended.

EPA Administrator Testifies on RFS Waivers

April 27, 2018

EPA Administrator Testifies on RFS Waivers

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 26 that the agency received more than 50 waiver petitions for small refineries to get out of their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements for the 2016 and 2017 compliance years. EPA has come under fire for abusing the waivers to quietly undercut the RFS after the agency exempted one of the nation’s largest oil refining companies from complying with the U.S. biofuels regulation.

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Maryland to Work With Fuel Retailers to Deploy Electric Charging

April 16, 2018

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Maryland to Work With Fuel Retailers to Deploy Electric Charging

NATSO and trade groups representing businesses that provide the majority of motor fuel retail sales in the United States urged the state of Maryland to reject a proposal from the state’s utility companies to spend more than $100 million on a statewide network of electric charging stations and instead work with the fuel retail industry to deploy electric charging infrastructure via the existing privately developed motor fuels infrastructure.

Minnesota to Implement Biodiesel B20 Mandate May 1

April 3, 2018

Minnesota to Implement Biodiesel B20 Mandate May 1

Effective May 1, all diesel sold in Minnesota must contain at least 20 percent biodiesel as the state officially implements the B-20 mandate passed in 2008.

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