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Iowa 80 Thanks Senator Ernst for RFS Leadership

December 4, 2017

Iowa 80 Thanks Senator Ernst for RFS Leadership

Delia Moon Meier, owner and senior vice president of the Iowa 80 truckstop, recently applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its recent decision to reject proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as well as thanking Iowa Senator Joni Ernst for helping to lead that effort.

EPA Releases Final 2018 Renewable Fuel Mandates

December 1, 2017

EPA Releases Final 2018 Renewable Fuel Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on November 30 finalized its renewable fuel volume mandates for 2018. The final renewable volume obligations (RVOs) are very similar to the Agency’s original proposed mandates that were released in July.

New England, New York Energy Groups Urge Lawmakers to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit

November 28, 2017

New England, New York Energy Groups Urge Lawmakers to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit

The New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) and the New York State Energy Coalition (NYSEC) marked the latest organizations to urge lawmakers to retroactively extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and phase it out over five years. In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, NEFI and NYSEC said that proposals to shift the biodiesel tax credit to a producers’ credit would have an immediate and adverse effect on biodiesel supplies in the Northeast, including supply disruptions and an increase in consumer prices for biodiesel blended heating oil in New England and New York.

Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

November 27, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency Rejects Petition to Alter Compliance Responsibility Under the RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 22 rejected proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), ending a major push by merchant refiners and other obligated parties to shift what is commonly known as the point of obligation from refiners and importers to “rack sellers.”

NACS Joins SIGMA in Telling Senate Finance It Prefers No Biodiesel Tax Credit to Producers’ Credit

November 15, 2017

NACS Joins SIGMA in Telling Senate Finance It Prefers No Biodiesel Tax Credit to Producers’ Credit

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) marked the second association in as many days to publicly express that although it supports the biodiesel blender’s tax credit it would prefer no credit rather than have it converted to a producer’s credit.

SIGMA Supports Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit; Prefers No Credit to Producers' Credit

November 15, 2017

SIGMA Supports Biodiesel Blenders' Tax Credit; Prefers No Credit to Producers' Credit

The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America on Nov. 14 told members of the Senate Finance Committee that although it supports the biodiesel blender’s tax credit, the association would prefer no credit rather than have it converted to a producer’s credit.

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

November 2, 2017

EPA Sends 2018 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 1 submitted its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations -- and 2019 obligations for biomass-based diesel -- to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for interagency review. This marks the final step before the proposal is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Urge Tax-Writing Committees to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Urge Tax-Writing Committees to Extend, Phase Out Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO and a diverse group of biodiesel producers, fuel retailers and trucking interests representing every segment of the biodiesel supply chain sent a letter the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on Oct. 31 in support of extending and phasing out the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit, and outlining their opposition to efforts to shift the credit to a producers’ credit as the tax-writing committees consider tax reform legislation.

Federal Court Halts Implementation of EPA Trailer Regulation

October 30, 2017

Federal Court Halts Implementation of EPA Trailer Regulation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 27 halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first ever regulation for truck trailers.

Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

October 25, 2017

Commerce Announces Preliminary Dumping Determination on Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Commerce Oct. 23 announced a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding biodiesel is being dumped into the United States at below fair-market value. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia at a rate equal to the dumping margins.

EPA Administrator Reassures Midwest Senators on Agency Steps on the Renewable Fuel Standard / Regulatory

October 23, 2017

EPA Administrator Reassures Midwest Senators on Agency Steps on the Renewable Fuel Standard / Regulatory

Responding to pushback from a number of Midwestern Senators, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined a number of steps the agency intends to take on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Pruitt detailed the changes, which will be beneficial to NATSO members, in an Oct. 19 letter addressed to seven Senators, including Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer among others.

NATSO Files Comments With EPA on Renewable Fuel Mandates

October 20, 2017

NATSO Files Comments With EPA on Renewable Fuel Mandates

NATSO on Oct. 19 filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to the agency's request for input on reducing renewable fuel mandates. Specifically, EPA has suggested that it is considering reducing annual renewable volume obligations (RVOs) by tying them to domestic renewable fuel production capacity, rather than the market's ability to consume renewable fuel. NATSO, in its comments, told EPA that this policy shift would undercut the purpose of the RFS and ultimately lead to higher fuel prices for consumers.

One Year Remains to Meet Final UST Regulation Deadline

October 17, 2017

One Year Remains to Meet Final UST Regulation Deadline

Truckstops and travel plazas with underground storage tanks are reminded that they officially have just one year left — until Oct. 13, 2018 — to meet the final requirements established in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Final Rule revising underground storage tank regulations.

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

September 27, 2017

EPA Considering Further Lowering Renewable Volume Mandates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Sept. 26 announced that it was seeking public comment on a new approach to establishing renewable fuel mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Only considering domestic production capacity. If EPA ultimately adopts this new approach, it will substantially lower retailers' incentives to incorporate renewable fuels into their fuel supply. NATSO opposes this policy shift, and in comments it will file with the Agency will urge EPA to recognize that there is a global market for renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, and that the RFS should accommodate fuels regardless of where they are produced.

NATSO Files Comments with EPA on RFS Volume Obligations

September 1, 2017

NATSO Files Comments with EPA on RFS Volume Obligations

On August 31 NATSO submitted formal comments with the EPA outlining the travel plaza and truckstop industry's perspective on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Commerce Department Supports Domestic Industry and Proposes Duties on Biodiesel Imports

August 23, 2017

Commerce Department Supports Domestic Industry and Proposes Duties on Biodiesel Imports

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) on Aug. 22 made a preliminary determination regarding biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, finding that Argentina and Indonesia unfairly subsidize their production of biodiesel. As a result, biodiesel importers will be required to pay cash deposits to the U.S. government on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia until a final ruling on duty rates is made. A final ruling is expected later this year or in early 2018, with a final determination by the International Trade Commission after that.

EPA to Revisit Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standard

August 18, 2017

EPA to Revisit Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Aug. 17 that it will revisit certain parts of the Obama Administration's 2016 Phase 2 emissions rule for heavy-duty trucks, which set new standards for model years 2021-2027 of tractor-trailers, school buses, delivery vans and other large vehicles.

EPA Distributes Resources on Protecting Underground Storage Tanks in Severe Weather

August 10, 2017

EPA Distributes Resources on Protecting Underground Storage Tanks in Severe Weather

With the start of hurricane season upon us, NATSO members are encouraged to take precautionary steps to prevent severe weather from damaging underground storage tanks (USTs).

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

August 2, 2017

NATSO Testifies at EPA Hearing Examining Renewable Fuel Standard

David Fialkov, NATSO's Vice President of Government Relations, testified Aug. 1 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing examining the Agency's proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

DOT Revisits CAFÉ Standards for Model Year 2022-2025

July 26, 2017

DOT Revisits CAFÉ Standards for Model Year 2022-2025

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it will review the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks, marking yet another move by the Trump Administration to roll back environmental policies established by the Obama Administration.

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