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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) commended Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for soundly rejecting proposals to change the current compliance structure under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “We are gratified that Administrator Pruitt and his team at EPA ...

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Tauber Oil Company Settles Allegations of Selling Unregistered Fuel Additive in Violation of Clean Air Act

The EPA announced a settlement with Tauber Oil Company, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company’s sale of a fuel additive that was not registered with the EPA. Tauber stopped selling the unregistered fuel additive and will pay a $700,000 civil penalty. The settlement resolves claims that Tauber produced a fuel additive called Mixed Alcohol by blending ...

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ASTM International, API, Partner to Create Petroleum Standards Collection

ASTM International and the American Petroleum Institute have collaborated to launch a petroleum standards collection to help customers throughout the oil and gas industry access the standards they need in one convenient location. Housed in the ASTM Compass online platform, the API collection includes 685 active standards, specifications, and recommended practices as well as over 300 historical documents. These documents–developed ...

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Feds: New Clean Diesel Cars, Light Trucks to Help Reduce GHG Emissions, Improve Fuel Economy

Advancements in emissions control technology in clean diesel passenger cars and light-duty pickup trucks will have a positive effect on efforts to reduce future Greenhouse Gas Emissions, according to the federal government’s newly-released Draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the mid-term evaluation of the National ...

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Makers of Cleaning Products Oppose Use of Animal Fats in RFS Program

The American Cleaning Institute urged the EPA to eliminate or minimize the use of animal fats under its Renewable Fuel Standard program, as it threatens a key raw material used in the cleaning products industry. Animal fats are a key ingredient used by oleochemical producers, which help supply the production of soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, hard surface cleaners, dish ...

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In the Pipeline

An interview with Michael Trunzo on pipeline expansion developments By Keith Reid The effort to expand the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Northeast has been going on for some time. While heating oil and propane marketers have a vested interest in opposing such things, the biggest push back tends to come from such expansion efforts working to bypass the ...

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Manufacturers Call for Rate Reviews of Interstate Gas Pipelines

The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) and a group of companies and organizations urge FERC to resume mandatory three year reviews of interstate natural gas pipeline rates. One of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) fundamental responsibilities is to ensure that rates charged by interstate natural gas pipelines are just and reasonable as required by the Natural Gas Act, ...

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