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Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

March 3, 2017

Fuel Retailers, Marketers and End Users Urge EPA to Maintain Current RFS Compliance Requirements

NATSO and a coalition of trade groups representing fuel producers, retailers, and consumers urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to reject efforts to change the current compliance structure of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

President Trump Expected to Issue Executive Order Shifting RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

February 28, 2017

President Trump Expected to Issue Executive Order Shifting RFS Compliance Obligation Downstream

NATSO has learned that President Trump is likely to issue an Executive Order as early as today directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to shift compliance requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack.

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

February 23, 2017

NATSO Submits Formal Comments to EPA on RFS RIN Obligations

In comments filed with the Environmental Protection Agency on February 22, NATSO urged EPA not to shift the compliance requirements downstream from the refinery to the terminal rack. Many merchant refiners have urged EPA to require wholesalers and retailers to purchase RINs under the RFS. NATSO has strongly opposed this effort.

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

January 18, 2017

Trucking, Rails Oppose Shifting RFS Compliance Requirements Downstream

The trade associations representing America’s trucking fleets, drivers and railroads today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject petitions to move the point of compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) arguing that doing so would disrupt the fuels market and raise consumer prices without added benefit to consumers or the RFS program.

NATSO Applauds Senators for Addressing RFS Compliance Requirements With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

January 6, 2017

NATSO Applauds Senators for Addressing RFS Compliance Requirements With EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

A number of Republican Senators from states that produce renewable fuels met on Jan. 5 with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Biodiesel Tax Credit Set to Lapse

December 19, 2016

Biodiesel Tax Credit Set to Lapse

With Members of Congress back in their districts for the remainder of the year, it is clear that the biodiesel tax credit will not be extended before Jan. 1. Although on prior occasions after it has lapsed it has been extended retroactively the following year, it is not certain that this will occur next year. Given that many NATSO members have historically utilized the biodiesel tax credit to integrate the product into their diesel supply and offer competitive fuel prices, NATSO offers a few points to keep in mind as you plan for 2017.

NATSO, Fuel Groups Unite To Oppose Moving Point of Obligation Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

December 1, 2016

NATSO, Fuel Groups Unite To Oppose Moving Point of Obligation Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO joined seven fuel associations representing the majority of participants across the transportation fuels sector in expressing unified support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent proposal to keep the current point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

EPA Finalizes 2017 RFS Requirements

November 28, 2016

EPA Finalizes 2017 RFS Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Nov. 23 issued the final volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2017. EPA also released a final 2018 standard for biomass-based diesel.

EPA Sides with NATSO, Fuel Marketers in RFS Decision

November 14, 2016

EPA Sides with NATSO, Fuel Marketers in RFS Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Nov. 10 that it is proposing to deny recent requests to change the "point of obligation" under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) from refiners and importers downstream to "position holders" at the rack, including many fuel marketers and blenders. The decision marks an important positive development for NATSO members. NATSO has spent more than a year educating EPA and the entire fuel marketing community on this issue and urging EPA to maintain the current point of of obligation.

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

November 10, 2016

EPA Sides With NATSO on Obligated Party Issue Under RFS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will not alter the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The announcement was accompanied by a comprehensive analysis detailing the effectiveness of the current point of obligation, as well as a thorough rebuttal of arguments in support of changing the point of obligation. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement on EPA’s report:

New Guidelines for Minimizing UST Leaks, Contamination

July 6, 2016

New Guidelines for Minimizing UST Leaks, Contamination

Two new guidance documents, one from the Environmental Protection Agency, and one from a private, industry-funded non-profit, provide practical tips for maintaining underground storage tanks, minimizing leakage and fuel contamination, and maximizing fuel system cleanliness necessary for diesel equipment.

June 12, 2016

House Passes Bill to Delay Implementation of EPA Ozone Standard

The U.S. House of Representatives on June 8 voted 234-137 in favor of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016 (H.R. 4775) to delay implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone for eight years.

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

May 23, 2016

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Mandates for 2017

On May 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed renewable fuel mandates for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The proposal also included a proposed 2018 volume mandate for biomass-based diesel (the 2017 biomass-based diesel number was finalized in late 2015).

EPA Sends 2017 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

April 21, 2016

EPA Sends 2017 RFS Proposal to OMB for Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 15 submitted its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), marking the final step before the rule is published in the Federal Register and open for public comment.

House Committee Examines EPA's Implementation of Renewable Fuel Standard

March 18, 2016

House Committee Examines EPA's Implementation of Renewable Fuel Standard

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing the week of March 14 examining the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the RFS, EPA sets an annual benchmark representing the amount of renewable fuels that each fuel refiner and importer ("obligated parties") is responsible for generating.

Senate Panel Examines RFS

February 29, 2016

Senate Panel Examines RFS

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week heard testimony discussing the current state of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. At the hearing, critics of the RFS argued that the assumptions upon which the program is based -- i.e., continuously increasing motor fuel demand -- are no longer valid and that the RFS should therefore be repealed or substantially revised. RFS supporters testified that the program is needed to increase the amount of renewable fuels in the United States, and said EPA was wrong to lower the statutory volume obligations for the 2016 compliance period.

RFS Litigation Update

February 11, 2016

RFS Litigation Update

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a lawsuit challenging Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule establishing renewable volume obligations for 2014-2016 and biomass-based diesel obligations for 2017 alleging that the agency’s annual volume obligations are unlawfully high. In addition, several entities are jockeying to intervene in a separate lawsuit filed by the ethanol industry challenging EPA’s RFS rule. That suit alleges that the agency's annual volume obligations are unlawfully low.

FTC Revises Rules for Gasoline Dispenser Labels

January 21, 2016

FTC Revises Rules for Gasoline Dispenser Labels

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has amended its Fuel Rating Rule (prescribing labeling requirements on fuel dispensers) as it pertains to gasoline-ethanol blends with greater than 10 volume percent ethanol (E10). The rule is generally designed to update the requirements to accommodate the sale of ethanol blends between E10 and E85 (such as E15). The amendments do not alter the current labeling requirements for E10, diesel, biodiesel, or biomass-based diesel.

Litigation Surrounding RFS, Biofuels Heats Up

January 14, 2016

Litigation Surrounding RFS, Biofuels Heats Up

Two separate lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) efforts to encourage more biofuels, including biodiesel, in the market.

EPA Finalizes 2014-2016 RFS Requirements

December 1, 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.

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