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Clearinghouse Requirements Temporarily Suspended: NEFI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website is undergoing technical difficulties, reports the New England Fuel Institute. Some companies have noted a delay of several hours in trying to register, or they have made multiple attempts where registration has been denied, the Institute reports. NEFI further notes that, per a notice posted to the Clearinghouse website: ...

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Biodiesel Tax Credit Wins Five-Year Extension

President Trump signed into law a year-end spending bill that includes a five-year extension of the federal biodiesel tax credit, the New England Fuel Institute said in an email to members today. The Institute called the extension “an important move that will help the heating oil industry achieve its goals of higher blends of renewable fuel and significant reductions in ...

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Agreement Calls for Extension of Biodiesel Tax Credit Through 2022

The biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit would be extended by five years under an agreement reached by Congressional leaders, according to reports by the New England Fuel Institute and the Empire State Energy Association. Under the agreement, reached Dec. 17, the tax credit would be retroactively extended at $1 per gallon for the 2018 and 2019 tax years, according ...

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Appeals Court: Challenge to RhodeWorks Can Proceed

A lawsuit challenging Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls can proceed in federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Dec. 5 that the lawsuit, by the American Trucking Associations and other groups, was not barred by the federal Tax Injunction Act, ATA said. The act generally prohibits federal courts from hearing challenges to state taxes. The First ...

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FMCSA to Seek Delay to Entry-Level Driver Training Rule: NEFI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to announce a two-year delay to its Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule scheduled to go into effect Feb. 7, 2020, reports the New England Fuel Institute. “The ELDT rule is important to heating oil dealers because it requires rigorous new training for both new CDL license applicants and current CDL holders ...

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Buckeye Partners Is Acquired by IFM Investors

IFM Investors announced that it acquired Buckeye Partners. Buckeye’s assets include 6,000 miles of pipeline, with over 100 delivery locations and 115 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate tank capacity of over 118 million barrels, and a network of marine terminals located primarily in the East and Gulf Coast regions of the United States, as well as in the Caribbean. ...

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OHILI and NYOHA to Merge

OHILI and NYOHA approved a merger of their associations. The merged organizations will be known as the New York State Energy Coalition or NYSEC, the groups said in a statement. A special general membership meeting of the Oil Heat Institute of Long Island will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to announce details of the merger and the transition. The meeting will ...

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Industry Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

The Northeast’s heating oil industry resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The goal was set at a Northeast Industry Summit, “Responding to the Climate Agenda,” held Sept. 16 during the Heating & Energizing America Trade Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center. More than 300 participants from New England and New York attended the summit and ...

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16 Trade Groups Challenge EPA’s Refinery Exemptions

Sixteen trade groups are calling for Congress to pass legislation that would change the EPA’s process for granting small refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The EPA’s awarding of exemptions has been a bone of industry contention. The groups signed a letter to Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Rep. Collin Peterson ...

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R.W. Beckett Acquiring Fida

R.W. Beckett Corp. announced July 24 that it is acquiring Fabbrica ltaliana Dispositivi d’ Accensione, a company in Venice, Italy, that manufactures ignition transformers and accessories. Built since 1945 by two generations of the Graziati family, Fida provides innovative technical solutions while remaining committed to the local community, R.W. Beckett Corp. said in announcing the acquisition. Francesco De Simone will ...

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