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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.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

June 26, 2018

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain United in Support of Biodiesel Blender’s Tax Credit

NATSO on June 25 along with all major associations representing the biodiesel supply chain united in urging House and Senate Leaders and the two key tax writing committees to extend the $1 per gallon biodiesel blender’s tax credit as well as to seek a permanent tax incentive that will help foster growth in the domestic biodiesel market.

NATSO, Fuel Groups Urge States to Prioritize Full Range of Automotive Technologies, Fuels

June 25, 2018

NATSO, Fuel Groups Urge States to Prioritize Full Range of Automotive Technologies, Fuels

NATSO and five trade associations representing the fuel supply chain urged the Governors of eight states to prioritize the full range of automotive technologies and fuels available to consumers before allocating resources to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV).

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Maryland to Work With Fuel Retailers to Deploy Electric Charging

April 16, 2018

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Maryland to Work With Fuel Retailers to Deploy Electric Charging

NATSO and trade groups representing businesses that provide the majority of motor fuel retail sales in the United States urged the state of Maryland to reject a proposal from the state’s utility companies to spend more than $100 million on a statewide network of electric charging stations and instead work with the fuel retail industry to deploy electric charging infrastructure via the existing privately developed motor fuels infrastructure.

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

February 22, 2018

Rest Stop Privatization More About Ideology Than Infrastructure

A move to commercialize interstate rest areas under the Trump administration infrastructure plan could prove costly for restaurants and gas stations clustered along exits, without raising much additional revenue for states.

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Unified in Support of Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

December 19, 2017

NATSO, Biodiesel Supply Chain Unified in Support of Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit

NATSO on Dec. 18 along with all major associations representing the biodiesel supply chain signed a letter urging leaders of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee to include a retroactive, multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax incentive in end of year legislation.

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

December 6, 2017

NATSO, Trade Groups Urge Arizona Lawmakers to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

A coalition of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of highway-based businesses and local communities urged Arizona's federal lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to operate commercial rest areas under a pilot program.

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.

NATSO, SNAP Retailers Oppose Additional Processing Fees

October 6, 2017

NATSO, SNAP Retailers Oppose Additional Processing Fees

NATSO joined eight trade associations representing thousands of food retailers in urging Congress to reject recent proposals to impose new processing and credit card swipe fees on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) authorized retailers as higher costs and administrative complexities threaten their ability to provide affordable food to vulnerable Americans.

NATSO, Trade Associations Press for Uniform Data Breach Law

September 13, 2017

NATSO, Trade Associations Press for Uniform Data Breach Law

NATSO joined trade associations representing more than a million businesses in telling Congress that any new federal law on data breach notification should apply to all industries that handle consumer data.

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge FDA to Revise Menu-Labeling Rules

September 11, 2017

NATSO, Food Retailers Urge FDA to Revise Menu-Labeling Rules

Executives from trade associations representing the grocery, convenience and pizza industries, including NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings, on Sept. 8 urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise the menu-labeling rule to make it easier for the industries to comply with the regulation to provide accurate nutritional information to customers as well as eliminate the possibility of criminal penalties for violations.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

August 8, 2017

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Urges FHWA to Address New York State’s Commercial Rest Areas

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) on Aug. 8 urged the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to hold New York state accountable for its violation of the federal law prohibiting commercial rest areas.

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Extend, Phaseout Biodiesel Tax Credit

July 18, 2017

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Extend, Phaseout Biodiesel Tax Credit

Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) late yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation titled the Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel, and Alternative Fuels Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 3264) that would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

June 14, 2017

Business and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO led a diverse coalition including restaurants, fuel retailers, city governments, trucking firms and blind entrepreneurs in urging key lawmakers to oppose efforts to commercialize Interstate rest areas as Congress considers infrastructure legislation.

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 Urges Administration Review of Menu Labeling Requirements

February 16, 2017

NATSO Urges Administration Review of Menu Labeling Requirements

NATSO urged the Trump Administration to closely scrutinize menu labeling requirements and to consider revising the regulations to reduce the burden of compliance for travel stores and convenience stores.

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).

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