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NATSO Comments to EPA on Renewable Fuel Standard

August 20, 2018

NATSO Comments to EPA on Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO submitted formal comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on August 17, outlining the off-highway fuel retailer community's concerns with how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been implemented in recent months, while providing the Agency several ideas for how the RFS can be improved. The comments are in response to the Agency's proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2019. Those numbers will not be finalized until November.

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.

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.

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.

The Omnibus Spending Bill: Reading the Fine Print for Truckstops

May 1, 2018

The Omnibus Spending Bill: Reading the Fine Print for Truckstops

In late March, Congress passed and President Trump signed a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill. The 2,232-page piece of legislation contained a plethora of policy changes that are important to fuel marketers. There were also a number of policy changes that were not included in the legislation that would have impacted the marketing community.

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.

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.

API Urges EPA to Reject Petitions to Move Point of Obligation Under RFS

August 18, 2016

API Urges EPA to Reject Petitions to Move Point of Obligation Under RFS

The American Petroleum Institute (API) on Aug. 15 urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny petitions for a rulemaking that request EPA to move the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

August 17, 2016

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 16 finalized joint greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that require up to 25 percent lower carbon emissions and fuel consumption over the next decade.

EIA Predicts Fuel Consumption to Decline Nearly 20 Percent By 2040

June 25, 2016

EIA Predicts Fuel Consumption to Decline Nearly 20 Percent By 2040

Diesel fuel consumption could decline 18 percent by 2040 under a new round of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a forecast released June 23.

EPA Issues UST Guidance Documents

January 8, 2016

EPA Issues UST Guidance Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency released two documents associated with the recently revised underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

December 7, 2015

EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued the final volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016. EPA also released a 2017 standard for biomass-based diesel. NATSO will issue an in-depth analysis of the numbers this week.

NATSO Urges Congress to Mitigate Harmful Economic Effects of Ozone Rule

November 9, 2015

NATSO Urges Congress to Mitigate Harmful Economic Effects of Ozone Rule

NATSO joined a coalition of nearly 60 businesses representing the transportation, construction, and manufacturing sectors in urging Congress to take legislative steps to mitigate the harmful economic hardships that will result under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final ozone rule.

EPA Settles Lawsuit Over Renewable Fuel Standard Delays

April 10, 2015

EPA Settles Lawsuit Over Renewable Fuel Standard Delays

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 10 that it has settled a lawsuit with the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers over its failure to issue volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard and agreed to set 2014 and 2015 mandates by Nov. 30.

Bipartisan Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS

February 12, 2015

Bipartisan Senators Call for Strong Biodiesel RFS

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.

Republicans Seek Ozone Compliance Costs

November 21, 2014

Republicans Seek Ozone Compliance Costs

Twelve Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide public information regarding the costs of meeting a potentially stricter ozone standard.

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