Topics: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Administration Permits E15 Sales Year-Round

The Biden Administration announced this morning that it is taking executive action to permit E15 to be sold year-round in all parts of the country this summer. More

DOT Issues Fuel Economy ("CAFE") Standards

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released final tailpipe pollution standards that will require average fuel efficiency of new cars and light trucks to reach 49 miles per gallon in less than four years. More

EPA Overturns Small Refinery Exemptions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overturned 31 small refinery exemptions SREs that were granted by the Trump Administration in August 2019. The effect of those 31 exemptions was to reduce the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements by 1.43 billion gallons while increasing the supply of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), causing the prices for credits to drop significantly. More

NATSO Outlook for EPA Blending Mandates

Recent intelligence indicates that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is likely to propose the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending mandates/renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2021 and 2022 within the next several weeks. Indications are that EPA will set the 2021 RVOs at "actual production," while the 2022 RVOs will be set at more ambitious levels designed to incentivize increased production and consumption of biofuels.  More

Colonial Pipeline Update

NATSO remains in close contact with the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, regulators and lawmakers regarding the status of fuel supplies and any potential shortages as a result of the cybersecurity attack on the Colonial Pipeline. NATSO will continue to update its members as information becomes available, including Declarations of Emergency, hours-of-service waivers and White House announcements. More

NATSO Outlines Principles for Advancing Alternative Fuels in the Market

NATSO, representing the nation’s truckstops and travel plazas, in a letter to the Biden Administration on January 27 outlined the market and incentive structure that would most effectively prompt existing fuel retailers to invest more in lower carbon fuels, including electric vehicle charging stations. More

NATSO Analysis: EPA Expected to Grant Small Refinery Waivers Members Only Join or Login

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce this week that it will grant at least 20 small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for compliance year 2019 despite the ruling last year by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that EPA did not have authority to issue these waivers. More

President-Elect Biden Begins Cabinet Selections

President-Elect Biden Begins Cabinet Selections

President-Elect Biden has selected former Iowa Governor and Former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to return as his Agriculture Secretary. This is positive for businesses hoping for robust biofuels incentives, as Vilsack is well-versed in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other biofuel policies. More

EPA Issues Final Rule Streamlining, Consolidating Existing Gas and Diesel Fuel Programs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that would streamline and consolidate a number of fuel regulations. While much of the final rule is only marginally relevant in practice, the regulation fundamentally alters the RFG /RVP regulatory regime. More

California Gov. Issues Executive Order Banning Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles Sales

California Gov. Issues Executive Order Banning Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles Sales

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently issued an executive order setting a goal to ban the sale of new gasoline powered vehicles by 2035, and a goal of requiring medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be zero emission by 2045 "where feasible." More

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