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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.

A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

December 14, 2017

A Look at the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards

For more than a decade, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program has sought to improve the emissions characteristics of fuel and support the domestic biofuels sector, while increasing American energy independence and security. The program calls for increasing volumes of renewable fuels—known as renewable volume obligations (RVOs)—to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply every year.

Sen. Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment

December 4, 2017

Sen. Barrasso Calls on EPA to Study the Renewable Fuel Standard’s Impact on the Environment

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt Dec. 1 requesting that the agency complete several outstanding studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on air, water, and land quality.

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 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.

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.

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.

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

September 25, 2017

FHWA Calls for Alternative Fuel Corridor Nominations

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking nominations for the second phase of its multi-year plan to establish alternative fuel corridors for alternative fueling stations as mandated under the December 2015 highway bill.

Hurricane Update: Irma Downgraded But Continues to Impact Fuels Market

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Update: Irma Downgraded But Continues to Impact Fuels Market

Hurricane Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, though it is still battering Florida and Georgia, sending residual effects to states up the coast and in the south and mid-west. In Florida, about 65 percent of gas stations are reported to be out of gas, though prices have begun falling as the hurricane begins to wane. In the oil market, prices have fluctuated as the storm hit over the weekend. MarketWatch reports that the market has started to recover, though demand remains low and some refineries on the Gulf Coast are still closed.

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.

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2018

July 6, 2017

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2018

On July 6, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations for 2018 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also includes a proposed 2019 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2018 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2016). The proposal represents the Trump Administration’s first real public statement of policy with respect to the RFS, and was closely watched by NATSO and the rest of the fuels community.

Court Grants Pause on Lawsuit Over Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

May 10, 2017

Court Grants Pause on Lawsuit Over Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for a 90-day hold on a lawsuit over the agency’s Phase 2 emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks manufactured beginning in 2019.

Make Your Voice Heard

April 30, 2017

Make Your Voice Heard

As NATSO members, we are all aware of how important it is that we make our voices heard, both collectively and individually. In May, many of us will take our message to Capitol Hill to share our first-hand insight into the issues that matter the most to the truckstop and travel plaza industry. Visiting Washington, D.C., as part of NATSO’s Day on the Hill is a powerful experience, but our connections with elected officials on the local, state and federal level are something we can foster year round.

EPA May Revisit Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

April 24, 2017

EPA May Revisit Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards

Marking yet another sign that the Trump Administration seeks to roll back President Obama’s climate initiatives, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to put a 90-day hold on a lawsuit over the agency’s Phase 2 emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks manufactured beginning in 2019 while it decides whether to modify or rescind the rule.

Senators Urge White House to Maintain Current Compliance Structure Under the RFS

March 17, 2017

Senators Urge White House to Maintain Current Compliance Structure Under the RFS

A bipartisan group of 23 Senators asked the White House to keep the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that changing it would undermine the intent of the program and lead to chaos in the marketplace.

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