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EPA Sends Draft Proposal For RFS Volumes to White House for Review

May 9, 2019

EPA Sends Draft Proposal For RFS Volumes to White House for Review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a draft proposal to set 2020 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. This marks the final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment.

NATSO, Fuel Marketers File Comments on EPA’s RIN Market Proposal

April 30, 2019

NATSO, Fuel Marketers File Comments on EPA’s RIN Market Proposal

NATSO along with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) filed public comments on a proposed regulation that would impose significant reforms on the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) that would be detrimental to many NATSO members. The proposal is part of a proposed rule that would allow gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round throughout the country.

NATSO to Testify on EPA RIN Market Proposal

March 29, 2019

NATSO to Testify on EPA RIN Market Proposal

NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov will testify March 29 at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) field hearing in Ypsilanti, Mich., about the agency’s newly proposed regulations that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round and also reform the market for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

NATSO Analysis: EPA Proposed RFS Reform Regulations

March 22, 2019

NATSO Analysis: EPA Proposed RFS Reform Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or the “Agency”) recently proposed new regulations (“Proposed Rule” or the “Proposal”) pertaining to implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS” or the “Program”).

EPA Releases RIN Market Proposal

March 13, 2019

EPA Releases RIN Market Proposal

EPA has released a proposed rule that would allow E-15 to be sold year-round (subject to certain restrictions) and also impose significant reforms in how RIN markets function. Although NATSO considers the RIN market reform component of the rulemaking unnecessary, EPA appears to have responsibly distinguished between ethanol RINS and RINS associated with advanced biofuels such as biodiesel. NATSO is continuing to analyze the proposal and will provide a more fulsome analysis in the coming days.

RIN Management Challenges Reported Due to Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019

RIN Management Challenges Reported Due to Government Shutdown

Along with many other frustrations stemming from the current government shutdown, some renewable fuel producers, marketers and blenders are experiencing interruptions in daily business operations within the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) moderated transaction system (EMTS).

Government Remains Shutdown; Minimal Impacts on Highway, Fuel Policy

January 2, 2019

Government Remains Shutdown; Minimal Impacts on Highway, Fuel Policy

Parts of the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, remain shut down as the 116th Congress gavels into session. For the time being, however, there are minimal impacts on policies affecting motor fuels or highways. This could change, however, if the shutdown continues for several more weeks.

NATSO Testifies on Draft Legislation to Reform the Renewable Fuel Standard

December 11, 2018

NATSO Testifies on Draft Legislation to Reform the Renewable Fuel Standard

NATSO was invited to testify before Congress today to discuss new legislation that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and transition the gasoline market to a high octane fuel performance standard.

EPA Sends 2019 Biofuel Mandates to White House

October 31, 2018

EPA Sends 2019 Biofuel Mandates to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its final renewable volume obligations for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This marks the final step before EPA's proposed 2019 renewable fuel mandates are finalized. NATSO will meet with OMB to discuss the proposal in the coming days.

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Unveils RFS RIN Management Service

October 1, 2018

NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Unveils RFS RIN Management Service

NATSO Inc., the national association representing the travel plaza and truckstop industry, and the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com), Oct. 1 launched a new RIN Management Service designed to help fuel retailers that blend and sell renewable fuels to more efficiently participate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and manage their Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).

NATSO’s VP, Government Affairs to Address OPIS Forum

September 26, 2018

NATSO’s VP, Government Affairs to Address OPIS Forum

OPIS invites NATSO Vice President of Government Affairs David Fialkov to speak at its “RFS2, RINS & Biodiesel Forum.”

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 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 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.

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

June 25, 2018

NATSO Testifies Before Congress on Biodiesel Policy

Robin Puthusseril, Vice President and Co-Owner of the Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza in Bolingbrook, Ill., testified June 22.

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.

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 12, 2018

NATSO Launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings.

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

May 9, 2018

President to Allow Year-Round E-15; Attach RINs to Exports

President Trump said May 8 that he is considering allowing the unrestricted sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol and will let biofuel exports count toward refiners’ domestic renewable fuel obligations. The proposed changes follow months of fractious negotiations between the corn and oil industries over the future of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, major elements of the compromise remained in dispute after the meeting between top administration officials and four senators ended.

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.

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