News Update for February 11, 2013
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Industry News for October 25, 2013
Legislative UST Study Committee – the Legislative Study Committee created by SB 1080 will hold its first meeting on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm in House of Representatives Hearing Room 1 at the Arizona Capitol. The agenda includes the following speakers: Henry Darwin (ADEQ Director on Overview of UST Program and Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations); Rusty Bowers (Former State Legislator on Overview of Early Laws and Rule Changes); Lenora Nelson (APMA President on Marketing Industry Issues) and Patrick Rounds (PMMIC President and CEO on Overview of Insurance Industry and Claims).
Industry Update – ADWM Reports Possible Delay in Stage II Decommissioning SIP Revision
During our recent workshops held at ADEQ on September 5th, and the Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association meeting on September 17th, the Department of Weights and Measures provided updates on the removal of Stage II equipment and submittal of the State Implementation Plan (SIP).
At that time, we reported the process was on schedule to submit the SIP to the EPA in December, with proposed decommissioning dates of 2014 for new stations, and 2016-2017 for existing stations. We also discussed at our workshop that EPA indicated that the temporary emissions benefits from a federal gas can rule could be specifically used to offset the temporary emissions increases in 2014-2017 due to the removal of Stage II equipment.
As you know, the Department of Weights and Measures has pushed for and proposed to begin decommissioning beginning in January 1, 2016. Unfortunately, it appears from the attached letter to our office from the Maricopa Association of Governments that EPA may have an issue with approving decommissioning at that 2016 date. According to MAG, EPA reevaluated the decision to use the federal gas can rule for emissions offsets and instead suggested the best option may be to push back the decommissioning date to 2017 for existing stations.
Our department continues to be prepared to begin decommissioning starting in 2016, however, if this becomes impractical or impossible, we have pushed for decommissioning as soon as possible, just as industry has supported. Last month, in working with various state agencies, we floated an alternative proposal to start this process after the 2016 ozone season, and initial dialogue with the EPA indicates potential support. We would be interested in your thoughts on this solution.
In an ongoing effort to keep this process transparent and open, we have included the attached letter from Maricopa Association of Governments which fully describes the options provided by EPA regarding the SIP submittal.
Also, despite recent delays as a result of the federal government shutdown, the state agencies are continuing our dialogue and discussions with EPA regarding the SIP submittal to EPA for new and existing stations.
Our Department remains open to all comments from stakeholders on this process. It is our intent to hold another stakeholder meeting in the near future as more information becomes available to keep stakeholders updated.
AZ News: Referendum Effort Against HB 2305 Has Enough Signatures to Make the 2014 Ballot – The law that made drastic changes to Arizona election law (HB2305) will appear on the 2014 ballot because enough signatures have been gathered by its opponents. Thought the final numbers won’t come in until November 4, based on the confirmed signatures already submitted, the law will be decided in the next election, according to The Arizona Capitol Times report on October 23, 2013.
NACS News: Retailers Hope Low Gas Prices Mean More Spending; API Threatens Lawsuit; Buy Gas Online in Colorado; Women’s View from the C-Suite; Seven Governors Pledge 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles Operating by 2025;
Deep Impact: Trade Groups Tally the Cost of Government Shutdown – the US Travel Association estimates that the Federal Shutdown cost $152M per day in the travel industry alone. Over 16 days, that totals more than $2.4 Billion.
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Warren Lueth (APMA PMAA Director; Senergy Petroleum) and Amanda Gray (APMA Executive Director) attended the PMAA Fall Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11-12, 2013. The PMAA Board discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 and more. For a full update, click here.
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The 2013 APMA Annual Conference will be October 6-8 at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. Click here for more details.