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Shuster to Head House Transportation Panel

December 3, 2012

Shuster to Head House Transportation Panel

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) will take over as chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January, replacing John Mica (R-Fla.) who must step down due to term-limitation rules.

Refiners Ask EPA to Reconsider Biodiesel Volume Mandate

November 26, 2012

Refiners Ask EPA to Reconsider Biodiesel Volume Mandate

Last week U.S. refiners asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its earlier rule boosting the volume of biodiesel to be produced in 2013 as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

N.Y. State Senator Introduces Bill to Require Generators at Fuel Stations

November 12, 2012

N.Y. State Senator Introduces Bill to Require Generators at Fuel Stations

New York State Sen. David Carlucci (D) has introduced legislation that would require fuel retailers in New York State to have electric generators on site, ensuring they are able to operate all fuel pumps, dispensing equipment, life safety systems and payment acceptance equipment in the event of a power outage.

Court of Appeals Hears Arguments Against California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

November 5, 2012

Court of Appeals Hears Arguments Against California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

A three-justice panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral arguments about the constitutionality of California’s “Low Carbon Fuel Standard,” a piece of the state’s landmark global warming law, AB 32.

EPA and NHTSA Finalize Fuel Economy Standards for Light Duty Vehicles

October 22, 2012

EPA and NHTSA Finalize Fuel Economy Standards for Light Duty Vehicles

EPA and NHTSA last week finalized their rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving fuel economy for light-duty vehicles for model years 2017 and beyond.

Arkansas Aims to Use Sales Tax for Roads

October 15, 2012

Arkansas Aims to Use Sales Tax for Roads

A proposed constitutional amendment on Arkansas’s ballot this November would add a half-cent to the state’s 6-cent sales tax to raise money for transportation.

EPA to Decide on Renewable Fuel Waivers

October 8, 2012

EPA to Decide on Renewable Fuel Waivers

EPA plans to decide by mid-November if certain states will receive waivers from renewable fuel requirements for ethanol in gasoline.

Reps. Olson and Blackburn Introduce Bill to Stop RIN Fraud

September 24, 2012

Reps. Olson and Blackburn Introduce Bill to Stop RIN Fraud

Two legislators introduce the “Stop RIN Fraud Act of 2012” (H.R. 6444).

EPA Issues New Biodiesel Fuel Requirement

September 17, 2012

EPA Issues New Biodiesel Fuel Requirement

EPA said gasoline refiners must use 1.28 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2013.

Accelerated Corrosion in ULSD UST Systems Linked to Acetic Acid

September 17, 2012

Accelerated Corrosion in ULSD UST Systems Linked to Acetic Acid

New study finds corrosion is likely due to the dispersal of acetic acid though the UST.

New Fuel Economy Standards Aim to Reduce Gasoline Consumption

September 10, 2012

New Fuel Economy Standards Aim to Reduce Gasoline Consumption

The DOT and the EPA issued new automobile fuel economy standards that reportedly will lower costs at the gas pump by $1.7 trillion and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels by 2025.

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Possible RFS Waiver

August 27, 2012

EPA Seeks Public Comment on Possible RFS Waiver

EPA is seeking public comment on whether to suspend the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Lawmakers Petition EPA to Grant Waiver from Ethanol Quotas Amid Drought

August 20, 2012

Lawmakers Petition EPA to Grant Waiver from Ethanol Quotas Amid Drought

Lawmakers are petitioning the EPA to grant a waiver from ethanol quotas.

Court Dismisses E-15 Legal Challenge; EPA Issues New Rules for Pumps Dispensing E-10 and E-15

August 20, 2012

Court Dismisses E-15 Legal Challenge; EPA Issues New Rules for Pumps Dispensing E-10 and E-15

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week dismissed the legal challenge to the EPA's decision to allow the use of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol.

South Carolina Grants Retailers Immunity From Consumer Misfueling

July 23, 2012

South Carolina Grants Retailers Immunity From Consumer Misfueling

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently signed into law legislation that grants wholesale and retail petroleum marketers immunity from liability when a customer dispenses an incompatible fuel into their vehicle. South Carolina is one of the first states to implement such a law.

Industry Speaks on Proposed UST Regulations

July 23, 2012

Industry Speaks on Proposed UST Regulations

The industry speaks on the proposed UST regulations but will EPA do?

House Committee Investigates Biodiesel RIN Fraud

July 16, 2012

House Committee Investigates Biodiesel RIN Fraud

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing last week regarding fraudulent biodiesel RINs trading that has brought negative publicity to the biodiesel industry and uncertainty to the marketplace.

One Month Left to Meet UST Operator Training Requirement

July 9, 2012

One Month Left to Meet UST Operator Training Requirement

The deadline for truckstop or travel plaza operators of underground storage tank (UST) systems to complete federally mandated underground storage tank UST operator training is just one month away on Aug. 8.

Zurich American Will No Longer Issue UST Insurance, Renewals

June 25, 2012

Zurich American Will No Longer Issue UST Insurance, Renewals

Zurich American said last week it will no longer issue new UST insurance or renew existing coverage.

EPA Should Ensure RIN Credit Validity, Inhofe Says

June 18, 2012

EPA Should Ensure RIN Credit Validity, Inhofe Says

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter to the EPA) on June 12 calling on the agency to take additional steps to ensure the validity RINs.

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