Industry News for May 17, 2017
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Menu Labeling Rule Delayed
This week, the FDA released a notice that extends compliance and enforcement of the menu labeling rule until May 7, 2018. FDA enforcement of the menu labeling rule was expected to begin on May 5, 2017. The delay is good news for convenience store owners as it allows more time for Congress or the Administration to correct the onerous requirements.
In the interim rule, FDA explains the delay “enable[s] us to consider how we might further reduce the regulatory burden or increase flexibility while continuing to achieve our regulatory objectives, in keeping with the Administration’s policies.” The delay of the rule is consistent with the executive orders that the President has released that are designed to reduce regulatory burdens.
Industry News for April 13, 2017
Fuels Institute Issues New E85 Analysis
The Fuels Institute has released an updated analysis of the E85 market, titled Retailing E85: An Analysis of Market Performance, July 2014 – August 2015. It provides an analysis of the E85 retail market over a 13-month period from 620 retail locations.
Download full report or summary here.
Industry News for March 23, 2017
County Option Fuel Tax Bill Is Dead
APMA-opposed SB 1147, which would have given county voters the ability to raise fuel taxes by up to ten cents per gallon, has been defeated. The bill was sponsored by LD25 Senator Bob Worsley, who chairs the Senate Transportation and Technology Committee.
The bill was voted down 6-2 in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday. It was not calendared by the House Ways and Means Committee, where it was also assigned.
Industry News for March 2, 2017
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Industry News for December 21, 2016
Minimum Wage Increase
Following the passage by voters of Proposition 206 last month, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour on January 1, 2017.
The paid sick time provisions of the proposition will go into effect on July 1, 2017.
Industry News for December 7, 2016
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Industry News for October 5, 2016
Fuel Dispenser Skimmer Alert
This year Arizona has been hit with a wave of credit card skimmers in fuel dispensers. Compared to 11 skimmers found in 2015, the Weights and Measures Services Division of the Department of Agriculture has found over 60 skimmers through September of 2016.
Industry News for September 29, 2016
Industry News for August 30, 2016
Be sure to get to the polls and cast your vote in the Arizona Primary Election on Tuesday, August 30. If you are registered with a party, your ballot will be for candidates running in the party. If you are registered as an Independent, you will have to pick which party’s ballot you will use.
Find more information from the Arizona Secretary of State website.
Industry News for August 17, 2016
Twelve skimming devices have been located inside fuel pumps from August 1st to August 12th, more than the 11 skimmers found throughout 2015, according the the Department of Agriculture’s Weights and Measures Services Division.
Industry News for August 5, 2016
Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits
Industry News for July 22, 2016
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The Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die, ending this year’s regular session, on Saturday May 7 at 5:45 am. After passing a $9.6 Billion budget, the Capitol was a whirlwind of activity before the close of session. Over 200 bills are now awaiting action by Governor Ducey.
Industry News Alert for April 21, 2016
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Arizona Voluntary Travel ID
The Arizona Department of Transportation has reached out to stakeholders including APMA about the roll out of the voluntary travel ID that is now available for purchase. These IDs will comply with the federal REAL ID Act and be recognized by airport security and at restricted areas in federal facilities. However, because Arizona has adopted this program, all Arizona IDs can continue to be used until October 1, 2020. Learn more here.
Momentum at the Arizona Capitol has slowed this week, as the Governor’s office has indicated it does not want more bills advanced until the budget has been negotiated.
Industry News for March 17, 2016
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Year in Review Published by Governor’s Office
Last week, Governor Ducey published an online annual report, summarizing the administrations accomplishments in year one. The report contains updates on Ducey’s priorities, including educational excellence, opportunity for all, balancing the budget and efficient and accessible government. In addition, a timeline highlights the Governor’s activities and accomplishments on a month by month basis. Click here to read more.
Industry News for December 15, 2015
ADWM Alternate Decommissioning Plans Reminder
All gasoline dispensing facility owners who have Stage II Vapor Recovery installed at their site were sent information from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures regarding the two year decommissioning period. Owners who would like to decommission a site in a different year than the one assigned must submit an Alternate Decommissioning Plan by December 31, 2015. Read more here.
Industry News for December 7, 2015
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Industry News for November 5, 2015
Along with 23 other states, Arizona has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the federal rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The suit was filed by the Arizona Corporation Commission, who is represented by Arizona’s Attorney General, Mark Brnovich. While the suit requests that the court stay the rule until its legality is determined, ADEQ has been holding workshops since August to develop a state plan to comply with the rule.
Industry News for October 7, 2015
EPA Announces New Ozone Standard
As required by court order on October 1, the EPA released a new national air quality standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) for ground-level ozone averaged over an eight hour period. The last ozone standard was 75 ppb and was set in 2008. This new standard is expected to put much of Arizona into nonattainment, which will be designated by EPA in 2017 based on data from 2014-16. EPA says that all of Arizona will come into attainment under the 70 ppb standard without additional air quality controls being implemented. You can review EPA’s map of counties measuring ozone above the 2015 standards here. Stay tuned!
Industry News Update for September 11, 2015
Governor Ducey Declares September We Card Awareness Month
On August 27, Governor Doug Ducey signed a proclamation declaring September as We Card Awareness Month in Arizona. The “We Card” Program is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this month. Read more in the Fall edition of the APMA Fuel Monitor magazine, hitting mailboxes next week.
Industry News for August 14, 2015
Henry Darwin Leaves ADEQ to Work on Governor Ducey’s Staff
Governor Doug Ducey recently announced that Ted Vogt, his chief of operations, will be leaving the administration to work in the private sector. Former ADEQ Director Henry Darwin will replace Vogt in the chief of operations position. ADEQ’s former Deputy Director Misael Cabrera will be appointed as the new ADEQ Director. According to the Governor’s website, these changes will occur by the end of August.
Industry News for July 14, 2015
NACS News: FDA Delays Menu Labeling Rule until Dec. 2016; Clouds on the Horizon for Vaping Industry; Powerball Odds Are Changing; Mexico Begins Taxing Convenience Foods; More Salaried Workers to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay; The Hidden Cost of Bad Roads; Diesel Prices Falling
Other News: Cybersecurity – Preventative Maintenance Is Essential (from AFPM blog)
Industry News Update for June 26, 2015
EPA Issues Final UST Regulations
As reported in PMAA Today this week and PMAA Weekly review today, EPA announced its final UST system testing and inspection regulations on Monday. The rule adopts many of the changes PMAA has been pushing hard for over the past two years. EPA called PMAA immediately prior to the release of the final rule to discuss a few of its provisions. …more »
Industry News for June 17, 2015
Weights and Measures Transfer Update, Rule Input and Hacking Incident
Weights and Measures Director Andy Tobin recently met with stakeholder associations about the implementation of HB2480, which moves vehicle for hire regulation to ADOT and the remainder of Weights and Measures into a division in the Department of Agriculture. He asked that industry provide feedback on potential wholesale rule revisions, as all rules will need to be transferred to Ag. …more »
Industry News for June 5, 2015
Industry News for May 8, 2015
APMA learned this week that Maricopa County’s Air Quality Department is looking to move forward with rulemaking on the following rules this summer:
Industry News for May 1, 2015
The Fuel Relief Fund (FRF) is deploying to Nepal in the aftermath of the devastation from massive earthquakes there. FRF Founder Ted Honcharik indicated, “A major problem right now is getting water to the people. Fuel is in high demand and critically needed to deliver water and emergency supplies to all the affected areas”. To contribute towards the humanitarian efforts being conducted by the Fuel Relief Fund in Nepal click here.
Industry News for April 17, 2015
On Monday, April 13, 2015, Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1241 (municipal packaging and energy benchmarking preemption) into law. APMA teamed up with a number of other industry groups to support this measure which prevents municipalities and counties from enacting packaging bans or fees (like plastic bag bans or fees) that retailers then have to pass along to their customers. Bisbee has a plastic bag fee that will be preempted and Flagstaff, Tempe and Tucson have all been considering such requirements.
Industry News for April 10, 2015
During the evening of Thursday, April 9, 2015, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2636 (UST Program) into law. This represents the culmination of years of work by the APMA Legislative and UST Committees, our lobbyists and others. Click here to review the Senate engrossed version of the complete bill language. Thanks to bill sponsor, Representative Rusty Bowers, who was a critical advocate for this legislation. APMA will be preparing information for members to learn about the new program and procedures for submitting time barred claims for reimbursement.
Industry News for April 3, 2015
Last night around 3:30 am the Arizona Legislative Session adjourned sine die after only 81 days. This is the shortest session in about 50 years. APMA will prepare a complete Legislative Wrap Up, but here are a few highlights:
Industry News for March 27, 2015
NACS News: American Fuel Consumption Lowest in a Generation; CDC Includes E-Cigarettes in New Anti-Smoking Ads; Between the Margins; A Step Closer to Meaningful Data Breach Legislation; Fresh & Easy Shifting to C-Store Model; Ricker’s Expands Electric Car Charging; Time for a Company Culture ‘Cleanse’?; New PR Toolkit Assists NACS Members with Local Media Coverage
Industry News for March 20, 2015
NACS News: How Fed Policy on Swipe Fees Quashes Market Forces; House Passes Resolution to Stop NLRP Ambush Election Rule; Closing the Consumer Service Gap; How to Define Your Community Impact; NACS Submits Testimony to House on Proposed Data Breach Legislation
Other News: Setting the Facts Straight on Refiners’ Ability to Handle Domestic Crude Oil (from AFPM blog); AFPM Letter to Secretary Foxx on Rail Safety (from AFPM blog)
Industry News for March 13, 2015
Arizona Budget Passed and Signed
Lawmakers worked through the night last Friday and into the morning Saturday to pass the budget. Critics decry the nearly $100M in cuts to state universities and the complete end of state funding for Pima and Maricopa community colleges. But Governor Ducey calls the budget, which he signed it on Thursday, “fiscally responsible.” It closes a $1.5B shortfall during the current and upcoming fiscal year. It remains to be seen how lawmakers will handle the currently pending K-12 funding lawsuit.
Read more: Ducey Signs Historically Lean $9.1B Arizona Budget (from azcentral.com); Ducey Signs $9.1B Arizona Budget Plan that Cuts Spending (from azcapitoltimes.com – subscription required)
NACS News: Oregon to Begin Testing Mileage-Based Driver Tax; Retailers Still Behind on PCI Compliance; FDA Provides Updated Guidance on Menu-Labeling Rule; European Parliament Votes to Cap Interchange Fees; Top Regions for Electric Cars; Colorado’s Pioneering Swipe Fee Legislation Defeated; Apple Pay Hit with Fraud; Signs of Spring
Other News: Chamber of Commerce Executives Press Congress on Transportation Bill (from ttnews.com); End the Ethanol Rip-Off (op-ed from nytimes.com); Fact vs. Fiction Bakken Crude Volatility and the WSJ (from AFPM Blog)
Industry News for March 6, 2015
Arizona Budget Likely Moving Forward
This week, Governor Ducey and Legislative Leadership reached a budget agreement that largely follows the plan laid out by the Governor in January. There are several key departures, however, including a reduction in higher education spending (ASU, NAU, UofA lose $104M and Maricopa, Pima and Pinal county community colleges lose all $19M in state funding), an increase in K-12 spending ($102M), a reduction in the state Child Safety Department funding (net loss of $5M), among others, and that the plan adds $52M in forecasted revenues. The budget passed out of House and Senate Appropriations Committees along party lines during the evening hours of Thursday, March 5. Questions remain about whether the GOP leadership has the votes to pass the budget through both houses today as is or if some modifications will be made.
Read more: Ducey, GOP Leaders Reach State Budget Accord (from azcentral.com); Hundreds Protest Education Cuts at Capitol, Budget Hits Snag (from azdailysun.com); 8 Things to Know about the Arizona Budget Deal (from azcentral.com); Budget Clears First Hurdle, Now Faces GOP Opposition (from azcapitoltimes.com – subscription required)
NACS News: Americans’ Changing Eating Habits; Senators Push for Repeal of Ethanol Mandate; No Plastic Bag Bans for Georgia; Cash Not Carried; Business Wins in Online Tax Case Decision; Nevada Considers Regulating E-Cigarettes as Tobacco; Card Issuers and Retailers Falling Behind on EMV Adoption;
Other News: Chicken Little, Er, the Biofuel Industry Had a Pretty Good Year (from AFPM blog)
Industry News for February 27, 2015
NACS News: President Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Bill; US Would Consume Majority of Crude Oil Transported by Keystone XL Pipeline; Assessing E85 in the Marketplace; California Board Proposes Lower Gasoline Tax; American Express To Help Retailers Fight Fraud; Iowa Nears Gas Tax Increase; Counterfeit E-Cigarettes on the Rise
Other News: The Blendwall and Rising RINs: Market Problems with the RFS (from AFPM blog); Video: Breaking Up with Fossil Fuels Is Hard to Do (from Environmental Policy Alliance); This is the Real Significance of Obama’s Keystone XL Veto (from washingtonpost.com); Veto Message to the Senate: S. 1 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act (from whitehouse.gov)
Industry News for February 20, 2015
NACS News: Judge Rules Against American Express on Merchant Rules; QuickTrip Launches Made-To-Order Menu at Iowa Locations; Refinery Strike Having Minimal Effect on Fuel Prices; Retail Customer Satisfaction Down Across Sectors; 7-Eleven Launches Zero Franchise Fee Initiative
Industry News for February 13, 2015
NACS News: Millennials Crave Convenience Stores; Energy Policy Coming to Congress; Consumers Remain Optimistic, Despite Rising Gas Prices; NACS Submits Comments on ACH Proposal; A Deeper Dive into EMV; Shell Introduces New Technology Platform; More Retailers Investing in the Customer Experience; GM Confirms Long-Range Bolt EV Production; Senate Committee Holds Hearing on ‘Ambush Elections’ Rule; Merchants Clarify Who Foots the Bill for Data Breaches
Other News: The Questionable Health Data Behind EPA’s Costly New Ozone Rule (from AFPM blog)
Industry News for February 6, 2015
ADWM Calls for Industry Input
Less than two weeks into the new job, ADWM Director Andy Tobin has called for input from the regulated community about how to improve the Department. Director Tobin is bringing a new vision to the ADWM and is making good on Governor Ducey’s promise to have agency directors take a look at regulations in their area and identify ones we can do without.
Industry News for January 30, 2015
Next ADWM Director Named
On Friday, January 23, 2015, Governor Ducey announced that former Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin will be the next Director at the Department of Weights and Measures. Tobin represented Legislative District 1, including the Prescott and Paulden areas, since 2006 and served as the Speaker from mid-2001 until 2014. Tobin then ran for Congress in CD1 but lost to incumbent Representative Ann Kirkpatrick. …more »
Press Release – January 29, 2015
Following media requests to the Association and several members, APMA released a statement on Thursday, January 29, 2015, outlining the vital importance for the reinstatement of the Underground Storage Tank/State Assurance Fund program. Read the complete statement here.
Industry News for January 23, 2015
NACS News: More Evidence of Increasing SUV Sales; Circle K Planning Major Expansion in Middle East; Supreme Court Declines Review of NACS’ Swipe Fees Claim; More States Offering Incentives for Alternative Fuels; C-Stores Embracing Healthy Snacks and Grocery Items; EMV Adoption Is Unrealistic Target for US Merchants, Banks
Other News: CSP Announces Convenience Top 101 (from cspnet.com); Obama Pledges Cleaner Future in State of the Union (from oilprice.com); America’s Energy Policy: Caution and Candor (from AFPM blog).
Industry News for January 16, 2015
Arizona Legislative Session Underway and State of the State
Monday, January 12 marked the first day of the legislative session. Governor Ducey gave his State of the State; if you missed it, you can read the transcript here. The Governor highlighted priorities including government reform, fiscal responsibility and educational improvements. In line with the Governor’s desire to reduce government regulation and waste, APMA members have suggested two reforms already (1) elimination of the two-tiered diesel tax structure; and (2) consolidation of inspections by ADWM and ADEQ. If you have other ideas for reforms to make it easier to do business in Arizona, please contact me. …more »
Industry News for January 9, 2015
Arizona Legislative Session Opens on Monday
This past Monday, January 5, Doug Ducey took the oath of office and began his term as Arizona’s 23rd Governor. His inauguration speech focused on balancing the state budget, expanding education choice, bringing new jobs to the state and “opportunity for all” – a key mantra of his campaign. All five holders of statewide office were sworn in on Monday, including Michele Reagan as Secretary of State, Mark Brnovich as Attorney General, Jeff DeWit as Treasurer and Diane Douglas as Superintendent of Public Instruction. …more »
Industry News for December 19, 2014
Martha McSally, Republican challenger in the CD2 race, has defeated Democratic incumbent Representative Ron Barber. This was the last congressional recount in the nation to be decided.
Governor-elect Ducey has announced four senior staff appointments: Gretchen Martinez will serve as the director for legislative affairs. Sara Mueller will be a senior adviser. Danny Seiden will be deputy chief of staff for external affairs and policy development. Ted Vogt will be chief of operations in the new administration.
Arizona’s unemployment rate remains at 6.8 percent, when adjusted for temporary seasonal work, according to an Arizona Capitol Times report. This is one percent above the national average.
Yuma Representative Lisa Otondo (Democrat) has drafted a bill to tax e-cigarrettes at just over $1 per milliliter, which would bring in roughly $6 Million per year in revenue, according to an Arizona Capitol Times report.
Arizona Gas Prices Continue to Drop (from azcentral.com)
NACS News: Gas Prices Have Little Effect on Demand for Car Travel; QuikTrip Nabs Fast Company’s Top 50 Spot; Labor Board Ruling Gives Unions Leverage; 2014’s Biggest Consumer Food Stories; States Increase Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations; European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Other News: AFPM’s Naughty and Nice List (from AFPM blog)
Industry News for December 12, 2014
Arizona Minimum Wage Increase on January 1, 2015
In 2006, the Arizona voters approved Proposition 202, referred to as the “Raise the Arizona Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act.” The Industrial Commission of Arizona was given the authority to enforce and implement the Act. On January 1, 2014, Arizona’s minimum wage became $7.90 per hour.
On January 1, 2015, Arizona’s minimum wage becomes $8.05 per hour. Every employer covered under the Act will then be required to pay each employee wages not less than this amount. More information available here.
Twenty-one states will increase their minimum wage rates around the first of this year: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.
Arizona’s increase campaign contribution limits added $8.6Million from individual contributors alone (not PACs, not clean elections funds, not candidates’ personal contributions to their campaigns) to the 2014 election, according to an Arizona Capitol Times story.
The class of the 2015 Legislature includes 21 freshman (though four are past Legislators whoa re returning to the Capitol after absences).
The CD2 recount continues. Final results are expected next week. McSally leads Barber by 161 votes.
NACS News: Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles Declines with Gas Prices; Business Predictions for 2015; Top 10 Trends for Specialty Food Revealed; New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products; Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report; EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Lower than Average Prices; Still No Date for Final RFS Rule; Northern California Opens First Retail Hydrogen Station
Other News: The Tax That Dare Not Be Hiked (from The Atlantic); The US Oil Export Question (from AFPM blog); EPA’s RFS Evasion (from AFPM blog); Scuppering US Refineries: Why the Jones Act No Longer Applies (from AFPM blog)
Industry News for December 5, 2014
News for November 26, 2014
NACS News: EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard; FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules Affecting Convenience Stores; House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama; Battle for Stomach Share Continues;
Other News: Arizona E-Cigarette Tax Could Bring in $6M a Year (from AZcentral.com); New Calorie Labeling Rules Hailed by Restaurants, Panned by Grocers (from Associations Now)
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!!
Industry News for November 21, 2014
Industry News for November 14, 2014
ADWM Biofuels and General Fuel Quality Workshop and Proposed Rules
ADWM has distributed proposed rules as discussed in the Biofuels Stakeholder sessions that occurred in July and August. This includes proposed revisions to portions of Arizona Administrative Code Title 20 regarding requirements for producers, blenders, suppliers and motor fuel dispensing facilities for the production, blending, distribution and sale of biofuels. Additional revisions will update or better align the rules with Handbooks 44, 130 and 133 (2014 editions). You can access the proposed revisions here. ADWM will hold a Stakeholder Workshop on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00 am at ADWM Offices (4425 W. Olive Avenue, Suite 134, Glendale, AZ 85302). The Workshop Notice contains information on the webcast attendance option. …more »
Industry News for November 7, 2014
2014 Election Results Summary
Republican candidates saw big wins both on the national and local level in the midterm elections this week. In top statewide races, Republicans triumphed: Doug Ducey will be Governor, Michelle Reagan will be Secretary of State and Mark Brnovich will be Attorney General. Republicans won again in the Corporation Commission races, with Tom Forese and Doug Little besting their opponents. Arizona Republicans will likely hold their 17-13 majority in the Senate and may increase their majority in the House of Representatives. Several legislative races remain too close to call, including LD9 and two Southern seats (LD 2 and LD4) typically won by Democrats but may fall to Republicans. …more »
Industry News for October 31, 2014
At PMAA’s most recent Board and Committee meetings in Las Vegas, there was a discussion concerning federal excise taxes. Many members held the view that federal excises taxes were paid by the marketer and therefore might be refundable in the case of a customer default or bankruptcy. PMAA Counsel Al Alfano was present and advised that while marketers (and their customers) bear the tax burden in higher prices, they do not bear the statutory tax obligation. Contact APMA for a memo clarifying the relevant issues.
Arizona News: ADOT Says Homes to Start Being Appraised Ahead of Proposed South Mountain Freeway Expansion Project (from abc15); Taxing E-Cigarettes: For Sin or Consistency? (opinion from AZcentral.com); GOP Chief Sought Info on Republicans Supporting Democrats (from AZcentral.com)
NACS News: Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand; Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers; Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing; Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells; US Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015; Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong – Are Consumers Ready?; NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments; NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Other News: In the Case of Curbing GHG Emissions, Think Globally And Not Locally (from AFPM); EIA’s Estimates of Gasoline Sales – How Did It Get So Late So Soon? (from AFPM); Asthma Rates Have Increased While Ozone Levels Have Fallen (from AFPM)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Remember that the daylight savings time observers will be falling back an hour this Saturday November 1.
Industry News for October 24, 2014
ADEQ Announces UST Stakeholder Session #3
ADEQ has set a third stakeholder meeting on the potential new UST Program, focusing on different program options. The session will be Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 10 am – 12 noon at ADEQ Offices (1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007, Room 3175). Additional information about the first two stakeholder meetings, including the actuarial findings, is available here. APMA will be there and circulate a meeting summary to members.
Arizona News: Early voting is underway! Be sure to send in your early ballot or plan to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4. APMA’s full list of endorsements are available here. This is a critical election for our state and will have a big effect on industry legislative priorities.
NACS News: AMEX to Provide Assistance for Merchant EMV Adoption; NACS Applauds White House Initiative to Require PIN Technology on Credit Transactions; New UK MasterCard Will Come with Fingerprint Scanner; No One Happy with the State of Swipe Fees; Is ApplePay a Retailer’s Best Friend?; San Francisco to Require Carbon Labels at Gas Pumps; Chevron Joining ApplePay Network
Other News: Open Letter to Proctor & Gamble on Cellulosic Ethanol (from AFPM)
Industry News for
October 17, 2014
NACS News: Independent Gas Stations Diversify to Fight Profit Slump; We Make a Difference in People’s Lives, Says New NACS Chairman Steve Loehr; When It Comes to Loyalty, Agree to Disagree; Diesel Sales on the Upswing; Merchants Get the Short End of the Stick on Card Fees; What Product Is “Coolest” of them All?
Other News: California Poised to Launch GHG Cap-and-Trade Expansion with Major Design Flaws (from WSPA); Will Big Brother Soon Track Your Car for Tax Purposes? (from BNA); Setting the Record Straight – US Refineries Quickly Adjusting to a Changing US Crude Supply (from AFPM); The Jones Act – Backward Thinking (from AFPM)
Industry News for October 10, 2014
Arizona News: A meeting with state budget analysts and policymakers this week confirmed the desperate ongoing situation with Arizona’s budget, according to an Arizona Capitol Times story. Because of the court ruling to reset the K-12 inflationary funding level and revenue growth falling below forecasted levels, Arizona could face a $520 Million deficit in this fiscal year and another $1 Billion deficit in the next fiscal year. And if there’s no settlement with the schools as to the back payments of funding, the problem could be even larger.
NACS News: Some Retailers Balking at Pump Upgrade for EMV Cards; Consumer Optimism Holds Steady – But Will It Translate to Spending?; Ethanol Prices Decline as Supplies Increase; Retailers Need to Stay on Top of Commerce Trends
Other News: Healthy By Example: Trucking Execs Are Promoting Well-being (from Associations Now)
Industry News for October 3, 2014
Arizona News: The US Supreme Court this week agreed to hear an Arizona redistricting case that challenges the work of the voter-created Independent Redistricting Commission. It is also possible that the USSC may not reach the ultimate issue, but instead resolve the case on procedural grounds (whether the Legislature had standing to file suit).
NACS News: Oil Prices Stay Weak as Supply Overwhelms Demand; Debit Card Reform Making Major Economic Impact; NACS Files Comments on Proposal to Relax Tribal Recognition Rules; California Measure First to Eliminate Plastic Bags Statewide; California Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Franchisee Rights; You Are What You Tweet
Other News: Energy Regulations Should Promote Economic Efficiency (from AFPM); Unemployment Rate Falls Below 6 Percent for the First Time since ’08 (from Inc.)
Industry News for Sept. 26, 2014
September is We Card Awareness Month
Throughout this month, APMA encourages all retailers to continue successfully identifying and preventing age-restricted product sales to minors. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements of retailers demand the “carding” of every under 27-year old customer for cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, smokeless tobacco or roll-your-own tobacco. Since 2010 FDA has completed more than 300,000 retail compliance checks to see if retailers are asking for ID of customers under 27 years old and rejecting those underage purchase attempts. Furthermore, Arizona retailers have had over 3,600 compliance checks, since FDA starting doing compliance checks and that number will only increase.
APMA strongly encourages retailers to train or re-train employees on compliance with FDA’s requirements through We Card’s program (learn more at www.wecard.org) or another appropriate program.
NACS News: Could Home Depot Have Prevented Massive Breach?; Fuel Retailers Lost $250 M Last Year to Fraud; Senator Durbin Says Swipe Fees Are Too High; Consumers Will Drive the Future of Fuels; 40-Hours Means Full-Time… Or Does It?; Report Shows Banks Profit as Much as 445% on Swipe Fees;
Other News: Transportation Industry Speaks Out Against TEA; California Governor Brown signed a CIOMA-supported ten year extension to their state’s UST Program yesterday.
Industry News for Sept. 19, 2014
NACS News: Deadline Imminent for Retailers Who Participate in SNAP; Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle; Six Steps for Retailers to Improve Data Security; The What, Why and How of Beacon Technology; TX Natural Gas Fueling Stations Up by 50 Percent; Gas Prices Keep Falling Thanks to Oil Surplus; FDA Raises Maximum Fine by 10% for Tobacco Sales to Minors; FDA Hosts Public Workshop on E-Cigs
Other News: With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren’t Oil Prices Bubbling Up?; US Fuel Exports Reach Record for August, API Reports; Keystone XL Pipeline – Six Years in the Making and the US Is Still Waiting
Industry News for Sept. 12, 2014
Arizona News: Gubernatorial candidates Doug Ducey and Fred DuVal faced off in their first debate this week. An Arizona Capitol Times story was critical that the candidates “were short on details about what they would do about some of the biggest issues they’d face.”
NACS News: Demand for Electric, Hybrid Cars Remains Static; Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics Alarmists; As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges; Home Depot Data Breach Could Be Largest Ever; Gasoline Use Up Two Billion Gallons in Past 10 Months; Cybersecurity Security Summit Addresses Threats and Solutions; New Weapon to Fight Credit Card Fraud at the Gas Station; Tomorrow’s Fuels and Vehicles: Sustainable Market Opportunities
Highway Users News: Federal Highway Administration Report: Traffic Volume at Its Highest since 2008
Industry News for Sept. 5, 2014
Arizona News: Former opponents Ken Bennett, Christine Jones, Scott Smith and Andrew Thomas have all endorsed Republican nominee Doug Ducey in his race against Democrat Fred DuVal for Governor. Moderate Republicans who sided with Governor Brewer on the Medicaid debate retained their seats through sometimes tough primary races from Tea Party challengers, while moderate challengers supported by the Governor were less successful. On the whole, the Arizona Legislature will likely take a step to the right on the political spectrum next session, according to one Arizona Capitol Times story this week. Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin will be the congressional district one nominee for the Republican Party, after Gary Kiehne conceded this week. Tobin will face incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the general election.
California News: According to a CIOMA News Brief distributed this week, a CIOMA-supported bill to delay implementation of the CARB Fuels Under the Cap Program was killed in committee during this last week of the California legislative session. CIOMA’s Fed Up at the Pump campaign continues to raise public awareness about this hidden gas tax that will hit California drivers on January 1, 2015. California Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags
Inc. Industry Report: Why Gas Station Margins Are Razor Thin
Industry News for August 29, 2014
Arizona Primary Election Outcomes
Tuesday’s primary elections saw a sometimes crowded Republican field narrowed. With television commercials airing already, Republican Doug Ducey will face off against Democrat Fred Duval for the Governor’s office in the November general election. Other Republican statewide primaries yielded upsets, including Mark Brnovich defeating current Attorney General Tom Horne and Diane Douglas defeating current Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. Brnovich will take on Democrat Felicia Rotinelli and Douglas will face Democrat David Garcia in the general. Michele Reagan topped Justin Pierce and Wil Cardon in the Republican Secretary of State primary. Reagan faces Democrat Terry Goddard in November.
Industry News for August 22, 2014
California News: According to a CIOMA Report this week, California is at a critical juncture to pass a 10 year continuation of their UST program, including a continuation of the 2 cents per gallon funding mechanism. SB 445 is making its way through the Assembly and then will return back to the Senate. CIOMA members are being called on to contact their legislators in support of the bill.
NACS News: NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal; Uber Prepares to Launch ‘Corner Store’ Service; Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec; More than Talk the Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating; Banks Are Profiting from Everything We Buy; Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Fuels Institute Report: Consumers and Alternative Fuels: Economics Are Top of Mind
Industry News for August 15, 2014
APMA PAC Is Up and Running!
This week, APMA launched APMA PAC – a political action committee that will increase the association’s political presence at the Arizona Capitol.
APMA PAC funds go directly to campaigns of candidates who are supportive of the issues and philosophy of our industry. Please consider making a personal contribution and your PAC dollars will reap valuable rewards for your company. APMA PAC can accept personal checks or personal credit card payments – Learn More Here.
Industry News for August 8, 2014
ADWM Stakeholder Meeting on Decommissioning Stage II Summary
On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm, ADWM held its first pre-rule making workshop on planning the process and procedures to decommission Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems in the state, as required by HB2128 (passed during the 2014 legislative session and supported by APMA). Per that law, and subject to EPA SIP approval, decommissioning will occur between October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2018. The meeting was well attended, with retailers, equipment sellers, regulators, contractors and more in attendance or appearing by web conference. For more information, contact APMA.
Arizona News: Early primary voting is ongoing. Primary election day is August 26. Check out how APMA’s lobbyists at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck are reading the campaigns with their Review of the Statewide Primary Races.
Industry News for August 1, 2014
Arizona News: Early voting for the primary election began Thursday, July 31. Primary election day is August 26. Check out APMA’s Endorsed Candidates and be sure to cast your vote!
NACS News: Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees; NJ Pilot/Subway Employees Vote to Unionize; BMW Launches Fast-Charging Station for EVs; Hydrogen Could be Easier to Integrate than You Think; Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 55 Midwest Stores; Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains; EPA Extends Deadlines for RFS; Fuel Prices Down for Fourth Straight Week
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California News: A CIOMA Report out this week indicates that major progress has been made on the future of that state’s UST Program (currently sunsetting Dec. 31, 2015). They have been in talks with legislators and staff over the past months and hope to see a bill signed into law before their legislative session ends in August. Among other provisions, the program would continue the 2-cent per gallon fee for 10 years, require removal of single walled tanks by 2026 (current language requires removal by 2020), adjust maximum claim amount to $1 Million (from current cap of $1.5 Million), require independent audit of the program every 5 years.
NACS News: Hydrogen Cars Are Here – Now What?; NACS Refutes Claim that Debit Is Cheaper than Cash; Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare; June Consumer Inflation Rises on High Gasoline Prices; Mixed Reactions to Kentucky’s Government-Run Gas Station; DOT Proposes Strict Oil-Train Safety Rules
Highway Users News: Republicans and Democrats Embrace ‘Pension Smoothing’ Budget Gimmick to Fund Highway Projects; Report: Rural Roads Suffering from Poor Conditions, High Fatality Rates; At Closed Bridge, Obama Announces New Plan to Attract Private Funding for Transportation
Industry News for July 18, 2014
Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings at ADWM
ADWM will be holding a workshop to discuss implementation of the biofuels rules and get feedback from interested stakeholders to evaluate if updates to the rules may be warranted. The Meeting will be Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9 – 12 pm. Additional details are forthcoming. To receive updates on future Biofuels information, email Michelle Wilson to be added to the Biofuels Stakeholder List.
ADWM announced that it will hold a stakeholder workshop to discussed proposed rules for decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery and implementation of rules for Stage I vapor recovery equipment as required by HB2128. The Meeting will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm at ADWM’s offices (4425 W Olive Ave., Suite 134, Glendale, AZ 85302). Mark your calendars! APMA will attend and report back. Please contact APMA in advance http://acmestudio.org/?cat=/order-cialis-online.php of the meeting with proposals/industry priorities.
Arizona News: While National Democratic Party leadership thinks that this election cycle presents an opportunity to flip the Arizona Senate to a Democratic majority, Arizona Dems are not so optimistic, according to one Arizona Capitol Times story this week. To take control of the Senate, Democrats would have to win three districts held by Republicans without losing any seats currently held by Democrats.
NACS News: Good News for Retailers: Consumer Optimism Surges; US Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25%; Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion; The Art of Negotiating Lower Credit Card Processing Fees; Nat Gas Station Spurs Economic, Environmental Innovation in NH
Industry News for July 11, 2014
ADWM Announces Stakeholder Meeting on Stage II Removal Rules
ADWM has announced that it will hold a stakeholder workshop to discussed proposed rules for decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery and implementation of rules for Stage I vapor recovery equipment as required by HB2128. The Meeting will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm at ADWM’s offices (4425 W Olive Ave., Suite 134, Glendale, AZ 85302). Mark your calendars! APMA will attend and report back.
Arizona Driver’s License Changes
In mid-June, ADOT launched a newly designed Arizona driver’s license including temporary credential and a high-security permanent credential. Check out the linked document from MVD and read more here. ADOT is looking to get the word out to c-store owners about this change, so please feel free to forward this to non-APMA member customers or colleagues!
California News: According to a CIOMA report this week, efforts to meet on California’s UST Program issues were disrupted by the possibility of a state water bond which did not materialize. Now, meetings are being set with key stakeholders and staff. By August, stakeholders must have a proposal to get action during this year’s legislative session.
NACS News: Twelve States Plan for Minimum Wage Increase; Oil Prices Expected to Surge due to Iraq Violence; Road Projects at a Standstill as Highway Fund Goes Broke; EPA Rule to Alleviate RIN Fraud; Congress Close to a Deal on Highway Trust Fund Extension; 7-Eleven’s Mobile Tie-Ins Extend Freebies – and Buzz; Republican Tax Writers Clear $278 Billion Tax Break for Business
Industry News for July 3, 2014
Highway Users News: Bipartisan Patch Job for Highway Bill Coming Together
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NACS News: Sticker Shock Coming to CA Gas Consumers; US Senate Focuses on E-Cig Marketing to Youth; Quality Service, Not Prices, Creates Loyalty; Comment Period Extended for FDA’s Proposed E-Cig Rules; Who Pays for Security Breaches?; NACS State of the Industry Report of 2013 Data Now Available; Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use
Industry News for June 20, 2014
NACS News: Small Business Expensing Bill Passes US House of Representatives; First Public CNG Station Opens in Oregon; Tesla Eyes Expansion of EV Technology; Starbucks Partners with ASU for Free Education Program; Swipe Fees Op-Ed Explains Retailer Perspective; NACS Responds to Data Security Push by Credit Unions; Everything You Wanted to Know about EMV But Were Afraid to Ask
California News: According to a June 16 CIOMA News Brief, negotiations on the future of California’s UST Program are making good progress. Leadership has expressed willingness to compromise (including modifying certain provisions that industry has identified as “killer”) to create a consensus outcome. Meetings will continue into July to finalize program details with the goal of enacting statutory changes this session.
Industry News for June 13, 2014
NACS News: CA Bill Mandates EMV Technology for Retailers; May Consumer Spending Shows Healthy Year-Over-Year Growth, Keys to Success: Knowing Your Customer Says Couche-Tard’s Bouchard; Chip-Enabled Card Coming to Sam’s Club; FDA Shares Vision for the Future of Tobacco Regulations; Job Openings Return to Pre-Recession Levels
California News: According to a June 9 CIOMA News Brief, negotiations are ongoing for changes to the California UST Program. Amendments proposed by Administration and Senate leadership would, among other things, require removal of all single-walled tanks within 1000 feet of a drinking water well by the end of 2018 and removal of all single-walled tanks in the state by 2020. CIOMA’s Government Relations Committee and Board have serious concerns about the short time frame for single walled tank removals called for in this proposal and other parts of the proposal. Industry groups have been working on an alternate proposal for a long term continuation of the program and funding; that proposal was presented to leadership this week and time is of the essence since their legislative deadlines are approaching.
Industry News for June 6, 2014
ADWM Acting Director Named
Former Deputy Director Shawn Marquez has been named Acting Director of ADWM following Kevin Tyne’s move to the County Supervisor’s office this week.
NACS News: Retailers Want Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fees Case; EPA Unveils New Carbon Plan; California Approves Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks; Small Business Owners Not Planning New Hires; California, Texas and Florida Lead US in Diesel and Hybrid Vehicles; NACS Files Brief to Protect Retailers’ Rights; Preparing for EMV’s Potential
Arizona News: ADEQ has accepted proposals for the click UST actuarial study, as recommended by the UST Legislative Study Committee. ADEQ is planning to review proposals and then select a vendor later this month. The study should be finalized by October 1, 2014. The State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to seek EPA approval of Arizona’s stage II vapor recovery decommissioning has been submitted.
Industry News for May 30, 2014
NACS News: Circle K and Reay’s Raise Millions for Children’s Charities; Farm Bill Updates Affect Retailers Participating in SNAP; USDA Answers SNAP-Related Questions; E15 Coming to Missouri; Organized Retail Crime Still Major Problem for Retailers; A Year of Hacking; Eight States to Roll Out Electric Vehicle Plans
Arizona News: Starting Tuesday down at the Capitol, the Arizona Legislature began a special session focused on restructuring, renaming and retooling Arizona’s child welfare agency. Yesterday, both Houses voted to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety and their bills received Governor Brewer’s signature.
California News: Last week, CIOMA rolled out its Fed Up at the Pump consumer education campaign. This message targets a new $.15/gallon hidden fee, resulting from the CARB Fuels Under the Cap regulations and is comprised of social media and traditional press components. Check out their website here.
Industry News for May 16, 2014
ADWM Director Kevin Tyne Announces Plans to Leave the Department
Last week, Director Tyne officially tendered his resignation to Governor Jan Brewer, effective next month. He will be taking a position as the chief of staff for Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. Tyne previously served as chief of staff for then-Supervisor Brewer. APMA will report on who will replace Tyne at ADWM once an announcement is made.
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NACS News: Obama Speech Highlights Highway Funding Squeeze; College Students Design Hydrogen Fueling Station; Coca-Cola Introduces Engaging Package and Powerful Tools for Convenience Stores; Frozen Food Makers Launch $30 Million Image Campaign; EPA Proposes Updates to Emissions Standards for Refineries
AFPM News: EPA’s Utility NSPS Seeks to Dictate Nation’s Energy Policy; AFPM Report Shows Bakken Crude Characteristics Well Within Safety Standards for Current Rail Car Design; AFPM Responds to EPA Proposal to Update the Toxic Air Pollution Standards for US Refineries
Highway Users News: Two Reports Detail Highway Trust Fund Problems, Alternatives
Industry News for May 9, 2014
Update from ADEQ Input Meeting on UST Actuarial Study RFP
APMA actively participated in a stakeholder meeting at ADEQ buy viagra online this Thursday, making suggestions and providing input on the upcoming Underground Storage Tank actuarial study Request for Proposals (RFP). The meeting was attended by five legislative staffers, as well as APMA’s Executive Director and Lobbyists. APMA’s list of recommendations seemed very well received; it is anticipated that the RFP will be finalized and released very shortly.
Arizona News: Presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal released his “Arizona is open for business” plan for job growth this Tuesday, according to an Arizona Capitol Times story. The plan includes a continuation of Governor Brewer’s moratorium on new regulations, also the elimination of unnecessary regulation and screening for bills that include regulatory burdens to determine their impact. It also focuses on improved K-12 and higher education, expansion of tax credits for development and research and preferential treatment for in-state companies competing for government contracts.
NACS News: California Investing Heavily in Hydrogen; Congress Seeks to Extend Tax Credits; Retailers (FL) Experience Rash of Skimming Incidents; Appeals Court Rules against Oil Industry in RFS Case; Love’s Travel Stops to Open Fast-Fill CNG Locations along I-40; Government to Establish Northeast Gasoline Reserve
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Arizona Legislative Session Update
The Arizona Legislature completed its regular session work during the early hours of this Thursday morning. At 1:45 am, Legislators officially ended the session, sending over fifty additional bills to Governor Brewer’s desk. This session officially ran 101 days with just over 300 bills passed. It is anticipated that the Governor will call a separate special session of the legislature to specifically address the child protective services issues.
Governor Brewer has signed HB2128 which provides the statutory framework for decommissioning Stage II vapor recovery systems. The bill immediately exempts new stations from stage II installation requirements and provides for website removal of stage II at existing stations between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2018. The law makes no change to requirements for Stage I vapor recovery systems. Next, Arizona agencies will submit State Implementation Plan revisions to EPA for approval. ADWM will develop rules for removal of Stage II equipment, in which APMA will remain highly involved.
A full legislative recap will be distributed once the Governor signs or vetoes the remaining bills on http://varley.net/online/ her desk and once that document is approved by the APMA Legislative Committee.
Read more here: Arizona Legislature Adjourns after 101 Days
Industry News for April 18, 2014
APMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament
We had a fantastic golf outing yesterday at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The Tournament raised over $40,000 including yesterday’s raffle and game proceeds! Thanks to all who sponsored, donated and/or participated!!
Special thanks to Golf Committee Co-Chairs Bill Champlin and Brian Wiegert (PMMIC) along with Committee Members Jason Davis (Arizona Fuel Distributors), Brian Cook (Horizon Insurance Group), Gene Carroll (Carroll Calibration), Lenora Nelson (Bennett Oil), Casey Elliott (AVI-PHX Insurance), Brandon Hickey (Northwest Pump), and Vallie Dodge (LiquidTitan) for all of their efforts.
UST Legislation and Arizona State Budget Update
HB 2708, which redirects the $.01 (penny) per gallon UST tax to the UST assurance account starting January 1, 2015, was signed into law by Governor Brewer last Friday, April 11. The Governor also signed the other FY 2015 budget bills, making a few line item vetoes.
Read more here: Brewer Signs Budget, Uses Veto to Slice out Items
NACS News: Members of Congress Continue Crusading Against E-Cigarettes; Illinois Retailers Oppose Gas Tax Increase; Retailers Scramble to Stop Heartbleed Bug; Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level; Food Costs Surging
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UST Legislation and Arizona State Budget Update
During continued Budget negotiations behind the scenes last weekend, opponents of redirecting the $.01 (penny) per gallon UST tax away from the state highway fund sought to delay that redirection until the end of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015). APMA battled back and negotiated a compromise with assistance from Senate President Andy Biggs. A final amendment adopted by the budget conference committee on Monday sets the redirection of the penny to the UST assurance account for January 1, 2015.
The $9.23 Billion budget has now been approved by both the House and Senate and awaits Governor Brewer’s action. Insiders expect the Governor to sign the budget bills, though she has not made a move to do so yet. Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer opined, “This is not a perfect budget; no budget is. But this spending package, passed in a timely manner by the Legislature, will serve our state well. For that our lawmakers and governor deserve a lot of credit.”
REMINDER about Arizona CBG and 7.0 RVP Transitions
On May 1, 2014, Area C transitions to Arizona CBG for the summer months. All product transfer documents after May 1 must indicate Arizona CBG. Click here for ADWM’s map of Area C. By June 1, 2014, all product in Area A and Area C must also have an RVP limit of 7.0 at the retail level.
Arizona News: Yesterday, Secretary of State Ken Bennett was the first gubernatorial candidate to turn in the signatures he needs to be placed on the ballot and the $5 contributions required to qualify for funding under Arizona’s Clean Elections law. Bennett is the first candidate to turn in contributions or nominating signatures. Clean Elections provides just over $750,000 in primary funding for the governor’s race and allows candidates to raise about $50,000 as well. Traditionally funded candidates can begin filing their signatures http://www.gulfcoastretirement.org/admin/generic/ on April 28.
NACS News: FDA Ready to Rule on Electronic Cigarettes; High Gas Prices No Longer Fueling a Decline in American Driving; OPIS Analyst Kloza Outlines Industry Challenges; NACS Asks Congress to Support Online Lottery Legislation; GM Puts $449 Million to Develop Electric Cars; EPA Administrator Discusses Renewable Fuel Standard; Companies Will Shell Out $500 Billion to Fix Data Breaches; EIA: Summer Fuels Outlook
Industry News for April 4, 2014
UST Legislation and Arizona State Budget Update
In light of the UST Legislative Study Committee’s need for an actuarial study before a new UST program begins, the APMA Legislative and UST Committees identified the top priority for the 2014 legislative session to be a redirection of the $.01 (penny) per gallon UST Tax to UST purposes, instead of going to the state highway fund, as required in last year’s SB 1080.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Arizona Senate adopted a floor amendment offered by Senate President Andy Biggs to HB 2708 (one of the budget bills) that would do several things on the UST front. First, it suspends the transfer of monies from the UST assurance account to the state highway fund. These revenues will be able to accumulate for about a year (which would be a value of approximately $26 Million) as a new UST program is finalized. The amendment includes legislative intent language saying that the funds must go towards this revised UST program. Second, it extends ADEQ’s existing red tag authority to failure to maintain financial responsibility (which is already required by law), but only after a 30 day notice and cure period. The Floor Amendment explanation and bill language are attached.
Some in the acheter cialis france Governor’s office are opposed to directing the penny away from the highway fund. The red tag authority provision was a necessary “give” during negotiations between APMA and the Governor’s office in order to achieve our top goal for this session.
The House of Representatives did not concur in the Senate’s amendments to the budget bills, so they are now headed to a conference committee. The Governor has threatened to veto if certain priorities are not in the budget when sent to her desk, so it remains to be seen what will happen. APMA will be closely monitoring budget developments and ensuring the UST provisions remain in play.
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Arizona News: The state budget action moved to the Arizona House of Representatives this week. After a week of bargaining, House Republicans approved a $9.24 billion fiscal year 2015 budget plan late Thursday night. The House-approved budget includes changes from what the Senate passed last week, so it will head back to the Senate for approval before it can go to the Governor’s desk. It is unclear at this point whether the current version would receive http://lungomareoakland.com/order/ Governor Brewer’s signature or veto. APMA lobbyists are continuing to work on a budget amendment to redirect the $.01 per gallon UST sales tax back to a UST-related fund, rather than being diverted to the State Highway Fund.
NACS Call to Action: NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
NACS News: Appeals Court Overturns Debit Rule; Super-sized Gas Stations Fuel Anger of Locals; US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Online Lottery Sales; NACS releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data; Walmart Sues Visa Over Swipe Fees; Placing Healthier Options in Your Stores
Industry News for March 21, 2014
Arizona News: Movement is underway on cialis online cheap the state cialis online 20mg budget; both houses have introduced separate proposals from the Governor’s budget. The Senate approved a $9.18 billion FY2015 budget yesterday evening with support from Republican lawmakers exclusively. The Senate plan will still need to pass a vote in the House before heading generic cialis cheap to the Governor’s desk.
Highway Users News: Funding Shortage Could Delay US Road, Rail Projects This Summer
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Arizona News: According to an Arizona Capitol Times story released today, the 2014 Arizona Legislative session might not be as short and sweet as some anticipated. When session opened, many opined that lawmakers would wrap up close to the 100 day limit. That is looking less likely as the budget negotiations have not advanced very much yet. HURF, education and child protective services funding are among to top issues that will have to be addressed.
NACS News: E85 Retail Fueling Locations Expanding; Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February; Nothing Can Seem to Derail Current Consumer Optimism; Small Employers Should Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; NACS Meets with USDA on Farm Bill Implementation; Obama to Issue Executive Order on Overtime Pay; NACS Issues Position http://gardencare.uk.com on E-Cigarette Sales
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Arizona News: After Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor announced that he will not seek reelection in Arizona Congressional District 7, there have been a number of potential candidates’ names being discussed to fill his seat. There was some speculation that Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema might run for Pastor’s seat, but according to an Arizona Capitol Times report this week, Sinema has confirmed that she will be running in her current district (CD9) in the upcoming election.
NACS News: Missouri Governor Pushes E15 Policy; EPA Releases Final Cleaner Fuel, Car Standards; Menu Labeling Pushed Until the End of Year; Proposed Federal Budget Includes Cigarette Tax Hike; US Senators Call for E-Cig Advertising Ban; US Attorney General Urges Data Breach Reporting Law
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UST Legislative Study Committee Meeting Recap
At 10:00 this morning, the Underground Storage Tank Legislative Study Committee met for its fourth session. It reviewed the UST Proposed Framework negotiated between APMA and ADEQ (distributed earlier this week and attached) point by point. The co-chairs of the Committee felt that, at this time, there were too many unanswered questions to proceed with full recommendations to the Legislature and Governor. It ultimately voted (1) to authorize ADEQ Director Darwin to commission a third party actuarial study to assess UST liabilities in the state and (2) to set up, through ADEQ, Stakeholder meetings to answer the remaining questions on insurance and other issues. The APMA Legislative and UST Committees will be meeting soon to debrief and determine how best to proceed.
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NACS News: State Department Releases Environmental Analysis on Keystone XL Pipeline; Data Breaches Become a Congressional Concern; Congress Passes Farm Bill with SNAP Provisions; CVS Nixes Tobacco Sales;
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Arizona News: This week the State GOP issued a censure to US Senator John McCain, according to an Arizona Capitol Times story.
NACS News: FBI to Retailers: Expect More Cyber Attacks; Husky Promotes Drive Thru Gas Pump; Arizona Lottery Reports Strong Mid-Year Results; North Dakota Lawmakers Fight Changes to Ethanol Standard; Farm Bill Compromise Contains SNAP Provisions
Industry News for Jan. 17, 2014
Top News: Arizona 2014 Legislative Session Underway
Monday, January 13 at noon marked the official beginning of Arizona’s 51st Legislature, 2nd Regular Session. Shortly thereafter, Governor Jan Brewer gave what is likely to be her last state of the state speech. She focused on a wide breadth of issues: from education to business, human trafficking to recovery from the recession. There seemed to be good support and applause from the floor, though the tensions from last session may still present themselves down the road.Last Friday, HollyFrontier again sponsored a table at the Arizona Chamber Legislative Forecast Luncheon. Attendees included Jami Moore (HollyFrontier), Mike Hardy (HollyFrontier), Lenora Nelson (Bennett Oil), Jason Davis (Arizona Fuel Distributors), James Marker (Western), Chris Lindblom (Senergy) and myself. We were joined by Beth Hager, ADEQ’s new Director of Public Affairs. Governor Brewer made opening remarks and we heard an interesting debate from the Legislative Leadership. Thanks to HollyFrontier for their sponsorship! APMA continues to work diligently on the Arizona UST Program issue. We are also keeping an eye on a number of other bills, including Stage II Decommissioning (HB2128). This afternoon, Governor Brewer will release her executive budged for FY15. As always, if there is a legislative issue facing your business, let APMA know. You can reach out to Amanda or Legislative Committee Chair Bill Champlin. We are looking forward to a good session!
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Stage II Vapor Recovery Workshop Update
Last Friday, January 3, 2014, ADWM in conjunction with other Arizona agencies held a stakeholder meeting to provide updates on removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery equipment following EPA’s widespread use determination on Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) systems. After negotiations with AZ agencies on how to structure the removal, EPA tentatively agreed to allow decommissioning of existing stations after the 2016 ozone season – so decommissioning would begin in October 2016 and run through September 2018. Once the State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision is approved by EPA, new stations will be exempt from doing Stage II installations. EPA also wants statutory approval in place before considering the SIP revision, so ADWM is running its bill as an emergency measure this session. The APMA Board of Directors previously voted to support this removal. The Legislative Committee will review the final bill language once it has been finalized by the Legislative Council.
Arizona News: Scott Smith will enter a crowded field of 6 other Republican candidates vying for a spot as Arizona’s next governor according to AZCentral.com. Smith will likely step down as Mesa’s Mayor this spring, when he submits the necessary signatures to run according to the report. The Arizona Capitol Times reported this viagra online cheap week that gubernatorial hopeful Doug Ducey has raised more than $1 Million for his campaign.
NACS News: Target Data Breach Puts Focus on Security; Economic Recovery Pace Quickening; Older Workers Not Taking Jobs from Young People; Toyota Moves Up Fuel-Cell Car Launch to 2015; Department of Homeland Security Issues Malware Alert
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Today at 2:00 pm, the Arizona Department viagra online cheap of Weights and Measures will hold a stakeholder meeting at the offices of ADEQ, Conference room 3175, 1110 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007. There will be an update on the preparation of the State Implementation Plan revision for the removal of the Stage II equipment in the Maricopa Ozone Planning area. There will also be an update on decommissioning timeframes and the anticipated legislation regarding removal of Stage II systems.
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Arizona News: Arizona’s new higher campaign contribution limits (created by HB 2593) will take effect following the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to lift an injunction earlier this week, according to the Arizona Capitol Times report. The Court of Appeals had blocked the law from taking effect, but that decision was set aside by the high court. The state’s jobless rate decreased to 7.8% in November from 8.3% in October, according to an Arizona Capitol Times story. The report credits retail holiday season hiring for the increased number of jobs created, 25,900 last month compared to the historic average of 20,800.
Industry News for December 13, 2013
UST Legislative Study Committee: This Wednesday, the UST Legislative Study Committee held its third meeting at the House of Representatives. During the session, Committee Members discussed potential solutions to the UST issues raised in the first two meetings. Ultimately, Committee Co-Chairs and Members agreed to postpone voting on final recommendations until ADEQ and the industry complete ongoing negotiations on a possible solution. It is our hope that the committee will hold its final meeting in January, leaving time for legislation to be introduced in the 2014 session.
Arizona News: A poll indicates that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is the early leader for the Republican primary in the 2014 governor’s race, according to a recent poll described in the Arizona Capitol Times. However, the majority of respondents indicated that they are still undecided.
Industry News for December 6, 2013
NACS News: Walmart Ready to Test Convenience Store Concept; The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100th Anniversary; Obama Administration Delays Small Business Online Enrollment; FDA Releases Responses to Questions on Civil Money Penalties; NACS Participates in RFS Discussion
AFPM News: AFPM Responds to EPA Short-Term RFS Fix
Industry News for November 22, 2013
Arizona News: According to a story in the Arizona Capitol Times, the Arizona jobless viagra online discount rate dropped to 8.2% in October, down .1% from September. Representative Debbie Lesko has announced that she will challenge Republican incumbent Senator Rick Murphy in LD 21, according to a Arizona Capitol Times report. In other campaign news, US Representative Ron Barber has decided that he will run for re-election for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District in 2014.
California News: WSPA President on Fracking: Climate Scientists Ignore California’s Energy Realities
NACS News: NACS Supports Small Merchant Relief; IEA Predicts US Will Lead in Oil Output by 2015; EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards; Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Gain Traction; Gasoline Prices Close to 2013 Low; Utah Lawmakers Propose Raising Tobacco Purchasing Age; NACS Praises New Menu Labeling legislation
Reminder — Fuel Relief Fund Sends Aid to the Philippines – You can support the relief efforts by donating to the Fuel Relief Fund, which will be providing gas and diesel to aid individuals, other non-profit organizations, clinics, medical groups, etc. for use in generators and vehicles.
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.
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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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MCAQD Accepting Public Comments on get generic viagra Draft Enforcement Policies
On Wednesday, September 18, Maricopa County Air Quality Department held a workshop on proposed revisions to four enforcement-related policies. Draft policies available by clicking here. Public comments will be accepted until Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jo Crumbaker at 602-506-6705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MCAQD Accepting Public Comments on Draft Enforcement buy cialis tabs Policies
On Wednesday, September 18, Maricopa County Air Quality Department held a workshop on proposed revisions to four enforcement-related policies. Draft policies available by clicking here. Public comments will be accepted until Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jo Crumbaker at 602-506-6705 or email@example.com.
EPA Announces Settlement with CITGO Petroleum
On Thursday, September 19, the EPA announced that CITGO Petroleum Corp. will pay a $737,000 penalty and implement projects to reduce air pollution to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its petroleum refining facilities in Lemont, IL and Lake Charles, LA. CITGO is a refiner and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. CITGO is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The settlement was lodged today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and final court approval.
Final Reminder: Healthcare Reform Insurance Exchange Notice
Before October 1, 2013, all employers (regardless of size) are required to notify all of their employees (regardless of hours worked or benefits eligibility) about insurance exchanges. Pursuant to federal law, the notice to inform employees of coverage options must include information regarding the existence of a new Marketplace, contact information and description of the services provided by a Marketplace and other details relating to the insurance exchange. Notices must be sent via first class mail or electronically to employees who use computers in their daily jobs. The Department of Labor has developed a Model Notice for employers who offer a health plan to some or all employees and a Model Notice for employers who do not offer a health plan. If you have questions, please contact your benefits representative.
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ADWM buy viagra legally Stage II Workshop
Arizona Department of Weights and Measures will hold a workshop on Stage II vapor recovery program on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm at ADEQ Offices, Conference Room 3175, 1110 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007. More information is attached.
Skimmers Are Still Being Used to Steal Card Information at the Pump
Even with more news reports on skimming, thieves are still stealing debit and credit card information using devices installed in gas pumps according to a NACS online report. The story quotes an Arizona Shell station owner, Ahmad Motlagh who found a matchbox sized skimmer attached to the side of the card reader panel. According to the report, skimming is estimated to cost consumers billions of dollars a year. Also, sometimes the stolen card numbers are used to purchase large quantities of gas which is then resold.
NACS News: World Petroleum Use Sets Record High in 2012; Crude Moves Steadily on Trains, Boats and Trucks; AAA: 34.1 Million Traveling for Labor Day; US Delays Approval of Agreements with Plans to be Sold on Exchanges
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Love’s Travel Stops Have Paper Heart Campaign to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Love’s Travel Stops’ annual in store fundraiser runs through September 23. Employees and customers can donate $1, $5 or $20 via a paper heart icon that will benefit the nearest CMN Hospital to fund vital treatments, equipment, therapy programs and charitable care. Since 1999, Love’s Travel Stops has raised more than $7 Million through their annual paper heart campaign, as well as other fundraising events like bake sales, cook-offs and other employee-driven events.
Read more: Love’s Travel Stops ‘Paper Heart’ Campaign
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California Hot Fuel Case Dismissed
A federal judge in California threw out three “hot fuel” cases against Chevron Corp. earlier this month. The judge granted summary judgment on class action claims that consumers had overpaid for fuel that expanded because of temperature. The judge ruled that California law allows Chevron to sell fuel without making temperature adjustments or disclosing the effect of fuel temperature.
A number of “hot fuel” cases were consolidated in Kansas federal court for pretrial proceedings but were to be sent back to their state of origin for trial. Last September in Kansas, another “hot fuel” case ended with a jury verdict in favor of the defendants, QuikTrip, 7-Eleven and Kum & Go. After that defeat, plaintiffs’ lawyers looked for another trial opportunity in a state with a hotter overall climate than Kansas. This ruling strikes a blow to hot fuels litigation as a whole but may be appealed.
EPA Updates Oil and Gas Standards for Storage Tanks
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued updates to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks, which allow responsible oil and natural gas production while ensuring air emissions are reduced as quickly as possible. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first, and will provide the time needed to ramp up the production and installation of controls. EPA is making the changes based on information received after the 2012 standards were issued that shows more storage tanks will come online than the agency originally estimated.
Storage tanks that emit 6 or more tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent. Today’s rule establishes two emission control deadlines:
The updated standards also establish an alternative emissions limit that would allow owners/operators to remove controls from tanks if they can demonstrate that the tanks emit less than 4 tons per year of VOC emissions without controls. In addition, the rule streamlines compliance and monitoring requirements for tanks that have already installed controls.
The oil and natural gas industry uses tanks for temporary storage of crude oil, condensate and other liquids, before those liquids are moved to a pipeline, sold or moved for disposal. These storage tanks can be sources of emissions of ozone-forming VOCs, along with several toxic air pollutants, including benzene. Today’s final action does not affect the April 2012 standards for capturing natural gas from hydraulically fractured wells.
Today’s updates respond to petitions for reconsideration of the 2012 New Source Performance Standards for Oil and Natural Gas Production. Those cost-effective standards rely on proven technologies and best practices to reduce emissions of ozone-forming VOCs and air toxics, including benzene and hexane. Exposure to ozone is linked a variety of health effects, including aggravated asthma, reduced lung function and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, in addition to increased risk of premature death from heart or lung disease. Benzene and hexane are air toxics, which can cause cancer and other serious health effects.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/actions.html
EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall
WASHINGTON – As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by Congress. Most of these fuels are produced by American farmers and growers domestically and help reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.
The final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply (a 9.74 percent blend). This standard specifically requires
During this rulemaking, EPA received comments from a number of stakeholders concerning the “E10 blend wall.” Projected to occur in 2014, the “E10 blend wall” refers to the difficulty in incorporating ethanol into the fuel supply at volumes exceeding those achieved by the sale of nearly all gasoline as E10. Most gasoline sold in the U.S. today is E10. In the rule issued today, EPA is announcing that it will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced biofuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal.
EPA is also providing greater lead time and flexibility in complying with the 2013 volume requirements by extending the deadline to comply with the 2013 standards by four months, to June 30, 2014.
A January 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals required the agency to reevaluate projections for cellulosic biofuel to reflect market conditions; the final 2013 standard for cellulosic biofuel announced today was developed in a manner consistent with the approach outlined in that ruling.
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) established the RFS program and the annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner and importer determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.
More information on the standards and regulations: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm
More information on renewable fuels: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm
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Quik Mart Co-owner to Speak to Congress about Healthcare Hardships
Shelly Little-Gibbons testified before Congress’ Small Business Committee regarding the challenges and rising costs of doing business for this family-run chain of convenience stores. Little-Gibbons was asked to speak by Representative Ron Barber (AZ-D). Check out the full story in the Arizona Daily Star.
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