Bills Moving In State Capitol Last Week

Multiple developments played out in the State Capitol last week that are of interest to the PPA and its member companies. PA Become 27th State To Ban Handheld Cellphones While Driving Last week, Governor Shapiro signed into law Senate Bill 37 which prohibits the use of a handheld cellular phones or electronic wireless devices while […]

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U.S. DOT PHMSA Proposes Increase In Annual HAZMAT Registration Fee

The U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a proposed rulemaking recently that would increase the hazardous material registration fee that energy marketers operating cargo tank vehicles must pay each year. Currently, the annual registration fee is set at $275 for small businesses and $2,575 for large businesses. Under existing regulations, most […]

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PA Department of Human Services Releases 2024-2025 Proposed LIHEAP State Plan

The Department of Human Services (Department) published the proposed 2024-2025 state plan for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday. Comments on this notice and testimony received at public hearings will be used to formulate the final State Plan for using Federal funds for FY 2024-2025 LIHEAP later this […]

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FDA Rescinds JUUL Marketing Denial Orders

The FDA announced it is rescinding the Marketing Denial Orders (MDO) that were issued in June 2022 for JUUL device and JUUL pods: Virginia tobacco flavored pods at nicotine concentrations of 5.0% and 3.0% and menthol flavored pods at nicotine concentrations of 5.0% and 3.0%. As a result, these products’ PMTA application status is now […]

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Reminder: U.S. DOT Annual Hazmat Registration Due By July 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration is now accepting registrations for the 2024-2025 registration period. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2024. PHMSA had detailed information here. Basically all hazmat haulers have to register for this and there is a fee […]

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Eastern Energy Expo Records Successful 2024 Show

Thank you to attendees, exhibitors and sponsors With attendance exceeding 3,700 participants and over 200 exhibiting companies, Eastern Energy Expo recorded a successful convention and trade show at Mohegan Sun in May. The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a co-host of the Eastern Energy Expo along with the Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) and the Oil […]

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Biden Administration Opens Applications for $1.3 Billion in EV Charging Grants

Last week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the second funding opportunity ($1.3 billion) for electric vehicle (EV) charging and alternative-fueling infrastructure in communities across the country and along designated highways, interstates, and major roadways. Eligible entities for funding include states, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, port authorities, Indian Tribes, U.S. territories, and more as […]

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PPA & Women In Energy To Host 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Women in Energy look forward to jointly hosting our third annual golf tournament this fall! The 2024 event will take place Tuesday, October 15th at the Conestoga Country Club, Lancaster, PA. This event will take place on the opening day of the PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting which […]

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Reminder: PennDOT Apportioned Registration At Farm Show Complex Until June 7

PennDOT has relocated Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex (2300 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17110) for Apportioned Registration in 2024. The registration period began on May 20 and will remain available at the Farm Show Complex until June 7, 2024. PennDOT is operating the Apportioned Renewal service in the Small Arena which is in the rear of […]

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Congressional Update

Farm Bill Updates  The House Agriculture Committee on May 23 reported out the “farm bill” that provides $1.5 trillion in funding for food and agriculture programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill was reported out of committee on a party-line vote. The legislation, H.R. 8467, covers a broad range of agriculture and […]

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Special EMA Members Code for NACS Show 2024 Registration

Registration is now open for the 2024 NACS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 7-10. Click Here to Register for the NACS Show and Use the EMA Promocode:EMANS2024 If you have already registered, please provide your full name, company, state and date you registered to Susan Isard so we can work with NACS to […]

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Save The Date: 2024 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

Save the date for the 2024 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting which is taking place October 15 – 17 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. Hotel Information Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square: Starting at $169 per night (excluding tax; rate includes overnight self-parking for one vehicle) BOOK HOTEL ONLINE  Book by Phone: (717) 239-1600 […]

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PPA Welcomes Three New Members In April

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in April. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. Pilot Travel Centers LLC (Knoxville, TN)  Retail […]

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2024 PA Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program Now Open

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program is now accepting application for the 2024 program year. AFIG has approximately $5 million in funding available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses who seek to transition to alternative fuels. Supported alternative fuels include electricity, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, hydrogen, hythane, biodiesel, ethanol, […]

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Court Extends Deadline to File Claims in Debit Fee Class Action Suit

Last week, the PPA reminded members to submit their claim for a share of the $5.5 billion VISA/MasterCard debit fee class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is about claims that merchants paid excessive fees to accept Visa and Mastercard cards because Visa and Mastercard, individually, and together with their respective member banks, violated the antitrust laws. […]

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Governor Shapiro’s Energy Plan Legislation Introduced

Nearly two months have passed since Governor Shapiro announced his first major energy policy since taking office. The next step in this policy consideration was for actual legislation to be introduced into the Pennsylvania General Assembly which happened last week. Governor Shapiro’s energy policy has two main components: Pennsylvania Climate Emission Reduction (PACER) Introduced as […]

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Bills Moving In State Capitol Last Week

Multiple developments played out in the State Capitol last week that are of interest to the PPA and its member companies. Senate Passes SB 1017 With Concerning LIHEAP Provision Nearly twenty years ago, a law was implemented that is designed to regulate the processes by which public utilities handle billing and other financial dealings with […]

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Reminder: VISA/MasterCard Settlement Administrator Accepting Claims Forms

After the VISA/MasterCard case was filed over 18 years ago, and over 5 years since the court approved the September 18, 2018 Class Settlement Agreement, the Class Administrator of the $5.5 billion payment card interchange fee settlement fund has mailed out claim forms to retailers/marketers who may be eligible for a share of the Settlement […]

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FTC Hosting Compliance Webinar On Rule Banning Noncompetes

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission issued a final rule to ban noncompetes nationwide. The new rule, which will take effect in 120 days, essentially bans non-competes for all workers, finding them “an unfair method of competition – and therefore a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.” Multiple legal challenges are […]

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Urge Congress to Support the Credit Card Competition Act!

Senator Marshall (R-KS) has filed the “The Credit Card Competition Act” (CCCA) as an amendment to the Federal Aviation administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation currently pending on the Senate floor. While it is still unclear which amendments will ultimately be considered, the credit cards companies and big banks are unleashing their grassroots on the Hill to […]

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2024 Eastern Energy Expo Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

The Eastern Energy Expo will take place May 19 – 22, 2024 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  This annual expo and trade show brings together wholesale and retail liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and HVAC service professionals. Attendee Registration Save time and pre-register online for EEE 2024! […]

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Recognizing April Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in April 2024. January 2024 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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Summer Leadership Conference Hotel Deadline Is May 7!

  The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry as part of the Summer Leadership Conference June 9-11 in Avalon, NJ. The hotel deadline is quickly approaching for this event!    Hotel Booking Deadline Is May 7! ICONA Avalon (7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202) Starting […]

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Annual U.S. DOT HAZMAT Registration Period Begins May 1st

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) HAZMAT registration for the 2024-2025 registration period begins May 1, 2024. Registration must be completed by July 1, 2024 for all expiring HAZMAT certificates. PHMSA requires both hazardous material transporters and those who ship hazardous materials through common carriers to register and pay […]

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Menthol Cigarette Ban Rule Delayed

On April 26th, the Biden Administration announced that it delayed its plan to ban menthol cigarettes. In 2021, the Biden Administration began pursuing a ban on menthol cigarettes, but the plan was delayed as the White House mulled its political repercussions especially among the black community. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra did not […]

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FTC Announces Rule Banning Non-Competes

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 along party lines to approve its new rule on non-competes. The new rule, which will take effect in 120 days, essentially bans non-competes for all workers, finding them “an unfair method of competition – and therefore a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.” Notably, […]

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U.S. Dept of Labor Releases Final Rule on Increased Salary Requirements for “White Collar Overtime Exemptions”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on April 24th the release of a final rule raising the minimum annual salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility. This primarily applies to executive, administrative, and professional employees, commonly referred to as the “White Collar Overtime Exemptions.” The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is a federal law that […]

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FDA Enforcement Actions Against Tobacco Retailers

Last week, FDA issued a new round of civil money penalties (CMPs) to 22 brick and mortar and online retailers for the sale of allegedly violative vapor products. Since May 2023, there has been a significant increase in warning letters and CMPs, with more than 550 warning letters and 170 CMPs issued to retailers for […]

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EPA to Allow E15 Summertime Sales

The EPA announced on Friday that it was using its emergency waiver authority to allow for the sale of E15 this summer (from June 1 to September 15). This is the third year in a row that EPA has taken this action. The waiver will temporarily exempt E15 from restrictions that in effect block sales […]

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PA House Majority Again In Contention

Party control of the Pennsylvania State House has once again been called into question due to circumstances surrounding a legislator for whom an arrest warrant was issued this past week. Rep. Kevin Boyle (172nd district, D-Philadelphia) is being sought by police for an alleged violation of a protective abuse order. When the issuing of that […]

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Second Annual PPA Clay Shoot Raises $16,500+ For Scholarships

(MIDDLETOWN, PA) — On April 11, the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) held its second annual Shoot For Scholarships fundraising event. More than 130 participants from dozens of regional energy marketers and HVAC contractors raised more than $16,500, which will help fund the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation. The foundation, named after industry-leader Bob Boltz, is […]

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In Memoriam: Karene Cruz

It is with great sadness that the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association announces the passing of Karene Cruz who was an employee of Sunoco LP. Friends and industry members may greet the family on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at O’Leary Funeral Home, 640 E. Springfield Road Springfield, PA 19064. Karene’s obituary can be found here. The […]

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PPA Welcomes Nine New Members In March

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in March. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in March   Retail Convenience Store […]

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Register For The 2024 Eastern Energy Expo!

The Eastern Energy Expo will take place May 19 – 22, 2024 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  This annual expo and trade show brings together wholesale and retail liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and HVAC service professionals. Attendee Registration Save time and pre-register online for EEE 2024! […]

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Congressional Update

Last week was a big week all over Washington, starting with a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissing a challenge from refining, biofuel and downstream oil interests including the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) to California’s actions to mandate state-wide adoption of EVs (read more here). While […]

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Swipe Fee Settlement Webinar: What Does It Mean For You?

As you’ve seen in the news, a settlement was reached in the longstanding litigation over Visa and Mastercard’s swipe fees and operating rules. NACS will walk through details of the settlement and what it means for the industry. Date/Time: April 16, 2024, at 02:00 PM Registration: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Why Attend: While the credit card […]

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds California’s Clean Air Act Waiver

The ruling allows the state to set zero-emission vehicle sales requirements. On April 9th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its ruling on Ohio vs. EPA and upheld EPA’s decision to reinstate California’s preemption waiver under the Clean Air Act for its Advanced Clean Car I program. The decision will allow California to […]

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IRS Revises Form 720 and Instructions for Quarterly Excise Tax Returns

The IRS has issued an updated Form 720, Quarterly Excise Tax Return which is used by blenders to pay the federal excise tax on the volume of renewable diesel blended into diesel fuels derived from crude oil. The changes to Form 720 are due to changes inflation adjusted excise tax rates for non-petroleum products such […]

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PPA 2024 Summer Leadership Conference Is 2 Months Away!

  The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry as part of the Summer Leadership Conference June 9-11 in Avalon, NJ. Key event information can be found below.   CONFERENCE REGISTRATION HOTEL INFORMATION (less than 20 rooms remaining) LEADERSHIP SEMINAR PROGRAM OVERVIEW CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS […]

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National CMV Roadside Inspection Blitz Scheduled for May 14-16

A three-day nationwide commercial motor vehicle roadside inspection blitz will take place May 14 -16. The annual RoadCheck inspection blitz is being conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a national organization of local, state and federal law commercial motor vehicle enforcement agencies. During the three-day period, law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor […]

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FMCSA Extends State of Emergency For Maryland Bridge Collapse

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the emergency declaration issued by Maryland Governor Wes Moore in response to the Key Bridge collapse and is continuing the relief granted from certain regulatory requirements in Part 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The extension includes the transportation of fuel (gasoline, ethanol, […]

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Participate In Gray, Gray & Gray’s Annual Energy Industry Survey

Gray, Gray & Gray’s is launching its 33rd annual Energy Industry Survey to help establish the most up-to-date industry benchmarks and the standards by which company performance is measured. This year’s more efficient survey experience should enable you to complete it in just 15-30 minutes, while still providing the important benefits of helping to establish the most […]

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Last Chance To Register For April 17 Women In Energy Workshop

Women in Energy is inviting PPA members to a special one-day workshop at Peddlers Village, Lashaska, PA on April 17, 2024.  Attendees are welcome to come the day before to visit the distribution facility Tyndale in the afternoon and a reception that evening. April 17 Schedule of Events  8:00-9:00 – Breakfast 9:15am –  How Strong Company Culture Can Breed […]

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Recognizing Q1 2024 PPA Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in Q1 2024   Q1 2024 POMPAC Contributors  The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support […]

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EPA Releases Final Heavy Duty Truck Tailpipe Emissions Rule

On March 29th the EPA issued new tailpipe emissions requirements for heavy-duty trucks through 2032 which is a defacto electrification mandate. This comes one week after rolling out the country’s strongest-ever federal tailpipe standards for the cars most Americans drive (read more here). The heavy-duty truck rule covers tailpipe emissions from vehicles including delivery vans, garbage […]

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Bucks County Files Climate Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

Bucks County has become the first county in Pennsylvania to sue several major companies for what it refers to decades of deceptive practices an inaction by the industry that led to the climate change crisis. The County’s suit references recent weather disasters in that area which it couples with the climate change.  The suit looks […]

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Proposed Visa/Mastercard Swipe Fee Settlement Won’t Help Main Street

Last week a settlement was announced in the long running lawsuit between merchants and Visa Mastercard regarding “swipe fees.” The multifaceted settlement is a part of a long-running suit and is one of the largest in U.S. antitrust history however it does not fix the core issue of competition within credit card processing space. Competition […]

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PPA Summer Leadership Conference Schedule & Leadership Program Now Available!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry. Join us this year in Avalon, NJ! The conference schedule and leadership seminar are now available. Conference Schedule & Leadership Seminar A preview of the conference schedule and leadership seminar can be found below. View the event website for complete details. […]

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PA House Passes Electronic Heating Oil Delivery Ticket Legislation

The state House last week unanimously passed legislation (House Bill 1889) that would give oil heat companies the option of providing delivery ticket and invoice information to customers by electronic means. This statue change would be a significant amendment to Title 3 (Agriculture) Section 4108 which falls under the oversight of PA Bureau of Ride […]

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Federated Insurance Hosting 2½-Day Risk Management Academy For Petroleum Business Owners in April

Federated Insurance® is excited to formally invite business owners in petroleum industries to attend one of our complimentary 2½-Day Risk Management Academy (RMA) offerings from April 30 – May 2, 2024. Led by risk management professionals, this session will be held at Federated®’s Home Office in Owatonna, Minnesota.   Often, business owners may find themselves […]

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Governor Shapiro Proposes State Energy Plan

In a major announcement last week, Governor Shapiro rolled out the compressive energy plan that he hopes to advance through the legislature. The plan is the Governor’s first major energy policy announcement since being in office and the proposal includes a Pennsylvania specific cap-and-trade program on power plant emissions (which the Administration has named PACER) […]

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PA General Assembly Reconvenes This Week

Both the state House and Senate will convene this week.  Regular sessions have been spotty this year due to the House chamber being shut down since December due to the repair of a water leak in the ceiling of the facility. The primary issues that will be under consideration in coming months surround the Governor’s […]

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Biden Administration Announces Nationwide Medium-Heavy Duty Trucks Strategy For EV Fueling Infrastructure Network 

The Biden Administration this week released the National Zero-Emission Freight Corridor Strategy developed by the DOE’s Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, in collaboration with the U.S. DOT and the U.S. EPA. The Strategy will guide the nationwide deployment of zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicle (ZE-MHDV) charging stations and hydrogen fueling infrastructure from 2024 to […]

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US Senate Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act Introduced

The US Senate companion bill (number not yet assigned) to the House Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act (H.R. 5840) was introduced by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) along with Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Angus King (I-ME). The bill was introduced in the House last year by Representatives Garret Graves (R-LA), Adam Smith […]

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PA House Committee Holds Hearing On EV Charging Infrastructure

On March 6, 2024, the House Consumer Protection, Technology and Utilities Committee conducted an informational hearing on the subject of the EV Charging Infrastructure in the state. Chaired by Rep. Rob Matzie (D-Beaver), the meeting was called to provide a forum for discussion of what legislation may be needed (or not) to address the needs […]

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SEC Adopts Pared Back Climate Disclosure Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a narrowed final rule this week that requires public companies to disclose climate-related information, including greenhouse gas emissions, in their registration statements and annual reports. The SEC received over 24,000 comments on its controversial proposal that had been in the works for the past two years. In a […]

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Report Outlines Strategies to Mitigate Electric Utility Demand Charges for EVs

The Transportation Energy Institute Electric Vehicle Council released a new report titled Demand Charge Mitigation Strategies for Electric Vehicles documenting a study that discusses strategies to mitigate electric utility demand charges for EV Charging and the effects on various stakeholders. If you are considering installing and operating an EV charging network this report provides helpful […]

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Congress Closes Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve

Last week the US Senate passed a $468 billion bill to fund parts of the federal government through September 20, 2024. The bill includes a provision that would require the Secretary of Energy to first sell one million barrels of refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and close the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve […]

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AFPM Launches Campaign Spotlighting Gas Car Ban Policies Across Key Battleground States

The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is launching a $7 million campaign in key battleground states bashing the Biden administration’s regulatory efforts to push electric vehicle adoption. AFPM plans to run the ads in D.C. and Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Ohio and Montana — states where polling it commissioned showed voters oppose “gas car ban policies.” The campaign […]

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PPA Members Invited April 17 To Women In Energy Workshop

Women in Energy is inviting PPA members to a special one-day workshop at Peddlers Village, Lashaska, PA on April 17, 2024.  Attendees are welcome to come the day before to visit the distribution facility Tyndale in the afternoon and a reception that evening. April 17 Schedule of Events  8:00-9:00 – Breakfast 9:15am –  How Strong […]

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In Memoriam: Harold Willis and Jeanne Harris

It is with great sadness the PPA announces the passing of Harold Willis and Jeanne Harris last week. Harold Willis passed away on March 6, 2024. Harold was the owner and operator of Susquehanna Oil for decades and a long time PPA member. A link to Harold’s obituary can be found here. Jeanne Harris passed […]

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Attendee Registration Now Open For EEE 2024!

Don’t miss the premier event for the energy and comfort industries! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR EEE 2024  Eastern Energy Expo continues to bring together wholesale and liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and service professionals. EEE 2024 offers a wide range of programs, social events and networking opportunities […]

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PPA Welcomes Nine New Members In February

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in February. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in February Retail Convenience Store Operator […]

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PA House Introduces Skill Game Legislation

A bill has been introduced in the state House would regulate and tax skill games in Pennsylvania. Last week, Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia) submitted House Bill 2075. which included bi-partisan support. This legislation is referred to as a companion bill due to matching verbiage of a bill that was previously introduced by Senator Gene Yaw […]

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PPA Webinar Series Continues On March 5

The 2024 PPA monthly webinar series will continue in March. Webinars take place the first Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM. Speakers include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. March 5 at 9:00 AM Free Bioheat® Fuel Marketing Materials for PA Fuel Companies Presented […]

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Congressional Update

Last week started slow and then ended extremely fast in Washington, which wrapped up in a rapid succession of big news. First, after a meeting at the White House between the four top Congressional leaders, the House and Senate cut a bipartisan deal to avert a government shutdown, passing a short term, one-week extension with […]

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PPA Members Invited To BSOHA-EPEA April Networking Event

PPA members are invited to attend the following event…. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER BERKS-SCHUYLKILL OIL HEAT ASSOCIATION & EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA ENERGY ASSOCIATION Present Spring Spritzer Networking Event Saturday April 20th 2024  4-8PM   Join us for a fun night of socializing with fellow energy industry professionals at STONY RUN WINERY (150 Independent Road, […]

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Changes To PennDOT CDL & HME Renewal Process

PennDOT recently implemented a new process to “decouple” the renewal of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) from the expiration date of the Pennsylvania (PA) CDL. Decoupling permits HME CDL drivers to renew their CDL without the requirement to renew their TSA HME if time remains on the current HME approval period […]

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PA DEP Committee Releases 2024 Climate Action Plan Draft

Last week, the PA DEP Climate Change Advisory Committee released a presentation regarding recommendations for the state’s 2024 Climate Action Plan to outline how the Commonwealth should achieve greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) targets. The presentation outline proposed goals of a reduction in GHG inventory by 50% by 2030 and zero emissions by 2050. PA DEP […]

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EPA Decision Grants Year-Round E15 Sales In 8 Midwest States

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the petition of 8 state governors (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) to remove the 1-psi RVP volatility waiver for E10 blends in their states. The EPA delayed implementation until April 28, 2025. The governors of North Dakota and Kansas initially joined the 8 […]

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,000 To Local Salvation Army Corps

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA) donated at total contribution of $6,000 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Since 2006, this is the third largest annual donation BSOHA has presented to the Salvation Army. The BSOHA annual charitable contribution has directly helped the heating needs of local […]

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2024 Summer Leadership Conference Registration & Hotel Now Available!

  The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry as part of the Summer Leadership Conference June 9-11 in Avalon, NJ. Conference registration includes access to the business seminars, breakfast, and receptions. Discounted room rates are available at the ICONA Avalon. Book Online or by Phone: […]

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Democrats Retain Majority In The PA House

Pennsylvania Democrats secured a slim majority in Harrisburg as a result of the February 13, 2024 special election to fill the vacant seat of former state Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks). Jim Prokopiak’s election to the Bucks County seat will give Democrats a 102-100 majority in the House. The fight for a majority stake of the […]

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Limited Availability Remaining For April 11 Clay Shoot

Shoot for Scholarships Clay Shoot Fundraiser on April 11, 2024 Limited Foursomes Remaining for 2024 Event! Join us for our second annual Shoot for Scholarships clay shoot! This event is a fundraiser for the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation presented by the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and PPATEC. This will be a day full of fun, competition, delicious BBQ, and a beverage […]

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US Senate Support Grows for Credit Card Competition Act

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) announced two new co-sponsors to the Credit Card Competition Act: Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Jack Reed (D-RI). The pair joins Senators Peter Welch (D-VT) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) in support of the Durbin-Marshall legislation that would enhance […]

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Governor Shapiro Unveils 2024-2025 Budget Proposal

Governor Shapiro presented his state budget proposal to the General Assembly last week, beginning the annual debate on the priorities and levels of funding will ultimately be approved through the legislative process. The Governor’s spending plan would total approximately $48.3 billion which is a 7.1% increase ($3.2 billion) over last year. The priorities outlined in […]

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PPA Member Feedback Request On Draft Amendment To USTIF Eligibility Regulations

The Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF) is preparing amended eligibility regulations to help make the requirements clearer for its participants. The USTIF is considering rule amendments that:   Clarify USTIF and TIIP eligibility requirements by incorporating Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and Supreme Court decisions; and   Require that an underground storage tank be registered under […]

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Donnie Wahlberg Campaign Driving Awareness for Bioheat® Fuel

  Pennsylvania energy marketers are invited to participate in an industry-wide webinar led by Clean Fuels and Talent Resources, on February 14th, 2024, at 4:00 PM EST. This informational webinar will prepare your company with the essential knowledge and tools to share this campaign with your customer base.   REGISTER FOR FEBRUARY 14 WEBINAR VIEW CAMPAIGN TRAILER VIDEO […]

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Recognizing January PPA Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in January 2024. January 2024 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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VISA/MasterCard Settlement Administrator Accepting Claims Forms

After the VISA/MasterCard case was filed over 18 years ago, and over 5 years since the court approved the September 18, 2018 Class Settlement Agreement, the Class Administrator of the $5.5 billion payment card interchange fee settlement fund has mailed out claim forms to retailers/marketers who may be eligible for a share of the Settlement […]

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Congressional Update

Last week, the House passed a bipartisan tax plan that, if enacted, would majorly benefit businesses. Specifically, if the Senate passes the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, it will provide several things, including (1) an extension of 100 percent bonus depreciation (full expensing), applying retroactively to 2023; (2) an increase […]

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PPA Submits Public Comment On PUC Electric Utility Rate Design for EV Charging

In October 2023 the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission unanimously approved a motion by PUC Chairman Stephen M. DeFrank which began the process for developing a policy statement – seeking comments from Pennsylvania’s electric distribution companies (EDCs) and other interested parties about the factors that the Commission should consider, including, but not limited to, key policy issues […]

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Participate On A PPA Committee In 2024

We encourage you to participate in a committee this year. Your voice will help shape the direction of the association on important topics and initiatives. Committees include: Convention, Education, Heating Fuels, Motor Fuel & C-Store, New Generation, Political Action and Propane. CLICK HERE to view committee objectives and register online

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Upcoming PPA Webinar Series Schedule

February – April Monthly Webinar Series Schedule The 2024 PPA monthly webinar series will be begin next week. Webinars take place the first Tuesday of the month at 9:00 AM. Speakers include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. February 6 at 9:00 AM Propane Supply […]

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4,000+ Car Dealerships Ask President Biden To Hit The Breaks On EV’s

In November of last year, over 4,000 auto dealers from across the country (including 85 from Pennsylvania) representing every major automotive brand wrote President Biden a letter asking to “tap the brakes” on a proposed government electric vehicle mandate. This request was in response to the Biden administration setting a target for battery electric vehicles, […]

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IRS Issues Guidance on Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published Notice 2024-20, providing guidance on the expanded federal tax credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property, which includes both biofuel refueling infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations. The tax credit, which was modified and expanded by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), provides a 30% credit for […]

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Donnie Wahlberg Teams Up with Clean Fuels Alliance America to Drive Awareness for Bioheat® Fuel

Acclaimed actor and Boston native Donnie Wahlberg is joining forces with Clean Fuels Alliance America in a dynamic campaign to raise awareness about Bioheat® fuel, an eco-friendly and sustainable home heating solution derived from plants, including soybeans. Wahlberg, known for his deep ties to the Boston community, is excited to champion this initiative, reconnecting with […]

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Congressional Update

On January 18th, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through the first week in March. The measure passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 77 to 18, after which the House passed the legislation under suspension of the rules (314 yeas to 108 nays), relying on Democratic support to […]

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Registration Now Open: April 11 Clay Shoot Scholarship Fundraiser

Shoot for Scholarships Clay Shoot Fundraiser on April 11, 2024 Join us for our second annual Shoot for Scholarships clay shoot! This event is a fundraiser for the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation presented by the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and PPATEC. This will be a day full of fun, competition, delicious BBQ, and a beverage reception to close out the afternoon. […]

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Regulatory Reminder: The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) – In Effect January 1, 2024, Without Further Congressional Action

In December 2020, Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). According to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the purpose of the CTA is to “better enable critical national security, intelligence, and law enforcement efforts to counter money laundering, the financing of terrorism, and other illicit […]

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Congressional Update

New Year, Same Congress, Same Problems. Last weekend, Speaker Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Schumer announced that they had reached an agreement on spending levels and, in a surprise to anyone who wasn’t paying attention, it was the same deal that former Speaker McCarthy struck with President Biden last summer. Since this announcement, members of […]

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Update on DOL’s Final Rule on Independent Contractor Classification

On Jan. 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division announced its final rule. Employee or Independent Contractor Classification. The announcement marks the end of a rulemaking process that started with the DOL’s Oct. 22 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on workers classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Officials […]

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EPA Holds Hearing on California EV Mandate

More than 100 witnesses testified earlier this week at an EPA virtual hearing on California’s Clean Air Act waiver request for its Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) rule that has been pending before the Agency since May 2023. The ACC II rule, adopted by the State in August 2022, phases out the sale of […]

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PA Legislature Set For Slow Start In 2024

The Pennsylvania General Assembly will be slow in getting back to legislative business this year. In an unusual move, the House Speaker has announced that the House Chamber will not be in use until March 18 to allow for a repair of a water in the ceiling of that room. No House votes will be […]

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Urge PA Congressional Lawmakers To Cosponsor Legislation To Streamline Federal Background Checks

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) endorses H.R. 5840, the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act, sponsored by Reps. Graves (R-LA), Green (R-TN), Guest (R-MS), Smith (D-WA), Titus (D-NV), and Carbajal (D-CA), which would direct the Department of Transportation to work with the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) […]

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FMCSA Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates For 2024

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the annual minimum employee random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2024. The test rates are the minimum percentage of employees subject to U.S. DOT drug and alcohol requirements who must undergo a random test during the 2024 calendar year. The number of random drug tests […]

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PA Skill Games Ruling Appealed To State Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office last week appealed the December ruling of the Commonwealth Court that had affirmed the legality of skill games in the state. The Commonwealth Court ruling had agreed with the position of the skill game industry that those games have an element of skill that differentiate them from games of pure […]

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Ninth Circuit Rules Berkeley CA’s Gas Ban Preempted by Federal Law

On January 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit denied a request for rehearing in a case preempting a city ordinance prohibiting the installation of natural gas piping within newly constructed buildings in the City of Berkeley, California.  This means that the appeals court’s decision in April 2023 will remain in effect […]

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2023 Year in Review

Thank you for another year of continued support. The success of our organization is directly related to the number of energy marketers we represent across the state. The PPA is more effective as an advocate for your business with the collective support of industry stakeholders working together to achieve positive outcomes. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD […]

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2024 Oil Spill Liability and Superfund Tax Per Gallon Breakdown by Blend

The 2024 “Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund Fee” will remain at 9cts/bbl (0.0021cts/gal). That rate is in effect from January 1, 2021, and through December 31, 2025. The Superfund tax was reinstated beginning 1/01/23 and is adjusted annually for inflation. The inflation adjusted rate for 2024 is $0.26 cents per barrel of crude beginning 01/01/2024. […]

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2024 State & Federal Fuel Excise Tax Rate Overview

2024 Pennsylvania Oil Company Franchise Tax Rates The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue previously published the following notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin outlining the 2024 Oil Company Franchise Tax and Alternative Fuels Tax Rates. The 2024 Oil Company Franchise Tax rates will decrease to the following amounts: Gasoline: 57.6 cents per gallon Diesel fuel: 74.1 cents per gallon Click […]

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Experiencing CDL HazMat Endorsement Delays? We Want To Hear From You

Drivers seeking to renew or obtain a hazardous material endorsement (HME) must undergo a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment. The security threat assessment includes driver security and criminal background checks and fingerprinting. Typically, the threat assessment process takes 45 days. However, TSA is recommending that all applicants for hazardous material endorsement (HME) renewals […]

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State Legislature Concludes For The Year

The Pennsylvania Senate and House were in session this past week, finishing the 2023-2024 state budget, and dealing with multiple other legislative subjects in the last session of the year. Specific components of the commonwealth’s budget were overdue since June 30th due to a number of disagreements between the Republican controlled Senate and the Democrat […]

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Thank You Outgoing PPA Directors

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association would like to recognize and thank the following individuals for their dedicated service as they near the end of their 3-year Board of Directors term.   (from left to right) PPA President Bruce Spiridonoff (Tevis Energy), Outing PPA Director Amy Highhouse (Highhouse Energy) and PPA Executive Vice President Ted Harris (Pennsylvania […]

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2024 Federal Motor Fuel Income Tax Rates and Credits

Superfund Tax: The Superfund tax was reinstated beginning 1/01/23 and is adjusted annually for inflation. The inflation adjusted rate for 2024 is $0.26 cents per barrel of crude beginning 01/01/2024. The tax is paid by refiners and crude oil importers. No party below the terminal rack is liable for the tax. Refiners and importers pass […]

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Recognizing November PPA Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in November 2023. November 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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End Of Year IRS Tax Filing Resources

IRS Expands Free Electronic Filing for 1099 Forms to all Businesses Regardless of Size Business taxpayers may now electronically file any IRS Form 1099 series information returns for free with the IRS Information Returns Intake System (IRIS). IRIS accepts 1099 series forms for tax year 2022 and after. IRIS is available to any business of […]

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PA House Bill Introduced To Allow Electronic Heating Fuel Tickets

PPA supported legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would permit home heating oil retailers to communicate delivery ticket information to customers electronically. House Bill 1889 was introduced by Representative Stephen Malagari (D-Montgomery) this past Thursday and is scheduled to considered by the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee at its […]

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PA 2024 Oil Franchise Tax Rate Now Available

  PA 2024 Oil Company Franchise Tax Rate Now Available On December 9, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue published the following notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin outlining the 2024 Oil Company Franchise Tax and Alternative Fuels Tax Rates. The 2024 Oil Company Franchise Tax rates will decrease to the following amounts: Gasoline: 57.6 cents Diesel fuel: 74.1 […]

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Menthol Ban Is Delayed

The Biden administration will delay its ban on menthol cigarettes following lobbying from critics, reported the Washington Post. The administration is expected to announce that it plans to finalize the ban in March, but the process could continue to be delayed due to the pressure during an election year, according to anonymous officials. Initially the administration planned […]

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Congressional Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Streamline Federal Background Checks

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association have signed onto a letter endorsing H.R. 5840, the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act sponsored by Reps. Graves (R-LA), Green (R-TN), Guest (R-MS), Smith (D-WA), Titus (D-NV), and Carbajal (D-CA). The nation’s supply chains have been severely impacted by COVID and other disruptions of late which is also continually slowed by […]

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Status of Visa/MasterCard Swipe Fee Claims Process

As you have most likely heard, the Settlement Administrator in the Visa/MasterCard swipe fee antitrust litigation has begun mailing claim forms to millions of potential claimants to the $5.4 billion settlement fund (the “Fund”). The Fund includes the proceeds of a settlement of the litigation, which claimed that merchants paid excessive fees to accept Visa […]

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Upcoming PPA Webinar: Winter Forecast With State Meteorologist Jeff Jumper & Other Weather Resources

Winter months are coming. Did you know there are over 40,000 state-managed highway miles in Pennsylvania? The December 5th Winter Weather Preparedness and Transportation Resources webinar (click here to register), hosted by the PA Petroleum Association, will include information about what may be on the horizon and resources you need when navigating the impacts of […]

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Recent EV Developments In Other Northeastern States

The past few days have brought a range of significant headlines relating to EV policy and proposed Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandates in other states throughout the Northeast. A recap can be found below.   In Connecticut, Governor Lamont Governor Lamont “pulled” the proposed regulations to ban the sale of diesel trucks and gasoline-powered cars […]

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PA Commonwealth Court Ruling A Big Win For Skill Games

In a major decision last Thursday, the Commonwealth Court has upheld a lower court ruling that Pennsylvania Skill Games are legal to operate in the state. The court agreed in a 7 – 0 decision with a previous Dauphin County court ruling that declared that the games are not gambling under Pennsylvania law because they […]

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PPA Welcomes Two New Members In November

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in November. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in November  Retail Convenience Store Operator […]

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In Memoriam: James Firmstone of Firmstone Lakewood Fuels

It is with great sadness to share the passing of James Firmstone who was a previous PPA Board of Director and owner of Firmstone Lakewood Fuels in Honesdale, PA. The PPA extends its deepest condolences to the entire Firmstone family. James’s obituary can be found here and is also included below. James G. Firmstone, aged […]

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Governor Shapiro Appeals Commonwealth Court’s RGGI Decision

This past Tuesday, the Shapiro Administration appealed the recent Commonwealth Court rulings that had blocked the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The General Assembly had never voted to approve RGGI. The Wolf Administration had adopted it through Executive Order by pursuing a regulatory process. The program would have generated several hundred million […]

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CDL HazMat Endorsement Delays & How The PPA Can Help

Drivers seeking to renew or obtain a hazardous material endorsement (HME) must undergo a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment. The security threat assessment includes driver security and criminal background checks and fingerprinting. Typically, the threat assessment process takes 45 days. However, TSA is recommending that all applicants for hazardous material endorsement (HME) renewals […]

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State Legislature Update

Last week, state Representative John Galloway (D-Bucks) announced he would be resigning from the House on December 15. Galloway had successfully run for a district magistrate position in this year’s election. His resignation would once again result in a 101-101 tie in the State House. This marks the fourth time this year a special election […]

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Biden Invokes Wartime Powers To Fund Electric Heat Pumps

The Biden Administration has invoked the 1950 Defense Production Act (DPA) to expedite funding toward increasing the domestic production of heat pumps. The Administration cited the use of these wartime powers in order to meet the emergency crisis confronting the nation due to climate change. The release of $169 million will be directed to proposed […]

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PennDOT Set To Open NEVI Round 1A Funding On December 11

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced program details for Round 1A of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding opportunity. The proposal period will open on December 11, 2023, and close on January 26, 2024, at 5:00 PM EST. Thirty-five corridor-groups are eligible for funding in Round 1A. A map of priority locations […]

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Upcoming Webinar: Pennsylvania Winter Weather Preparedness & Transportation Resources

Winter months are coming. Did you know there are over 40,000 state-managed highway miles in Pennsylvania? The Winter Weather Preparedness and Transportation Resources webinar, hosted by the PA Petroleum Association, will include information about what may be on the horizon and resources you need when navigating the impacts of severe weather on your business operations. […]

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Congressional Update

Last week the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) endorsed the Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA), with Teamsters President Sean O’Brien noting that passage of CCCA would “ease inflationary pressures on working people and establish greater accountability in the financial market.” This is a very significant endorsement that can be […]

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EMA Meets with the Office of Management Budget (OMB) on Proposed Menthol Ban

Last week, EMA President Rob Underwood, along with EMA Convenience Store Committee members Jonathan Tang (Ira Philips, Inc., Gadsden, Alabama) and Brian Lohman (ASAP Energy; Weatherford, Oklahoma), met with the OMB to call on the Biden Administration to abandon the proposed menthol ban. The proposed menthol ban is currently under review by the OMB’s Office […]

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PPA Submits Comments To PUC Law Bureau On EV Rate Design

On November 13th, the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association submitted the following letter to the PUC Law Bureau regarding the Revised Policy Statement Order on Electric Utility Rate Design for Electric Vehicle Charging. This action was in response to the following motion made at the October 19th PUC Meeting by the Chairman Stephen DeFrank. The PPA previously engaged […]

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Recognizing October Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in October 2023. October 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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Download The 2023 PPA Wage & Benefit Survey Results

The results are now available for the sixth annual PPA Field Employee Wage & Benefit Survey. This survey covers wage data for both CDL drivers and HVAC technicians. Thank you to the 90+ companies who participated this year. Please click below to download the 2023 survey results. DOWNLOAD 2023 SURVEY RESULTS    Previous Survey Results […]

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Eastern Energy Expo 2024: Open for Business!

Eastern Energy Expo is pleased to announce that the 2024 Expo will be held May 19-22, 2024 at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. Sponsorships and exhibit space are now available at EasternEnergyExpo.com. Eric DeGesero, Executive Vice President, Fuel Merchants Association NJ, stated, “We are excited to return to Mohegan Sun in 2024. Eastern Energy Expo continues […]

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PA Commonwealth Court Blocks State’s Entrance Into RGGI

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on November 1 issued its long-awaited ruling that blocks the state from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the manner promulgated by the Wolf Administration. RGGI is the cap-and-trade program imposed on the fuels used in electric power generation plants. Governor Wolf had directed that Pennsylvania would join the […]

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PPA Welcomes Six New Members In October

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in October. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in October Retail Convenience Store Operator […]

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Upcoming PPA Monthly Webinar Series Schedule

November & December Webinar Series Schedule Take advantage of two more monthly webinars before we close out 2023! PPA webinars include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. View the November and December schedule below.     November 7 at 10:00 AM PPA Webinar Series: Rack Supply […]

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EMA Meets with White House OMB to Discuss Proposed Bulk Plant Vapor Recovery Rule

EMA met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week to make certain a recent EPA proposed rulemaking contains language eliminating small business energy marketers from installing expensive vapor recovery equipment at their bulk plants with gasoline storage. All major agency rulemakings, including EPA’s vapor recovery proposal must go through OMB […]

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TSA Warns CDL Drivers To Apply Early For HME Renewals

Drivers seeking to renew or obtain a hazardous material endorsement (HME) must undergo a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security threat assessment. The security threat assessment includes driver security and criminal background checks and fingerprinting. Typically, the threat assessment process takes 45 days. However, TSA is recommending that all applicants for hazardous material endorsement (HME) renewals […]

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PA DEP Secretary Rich Negrin Resigns

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Rich Negrin submitted his resignation last Thursday (October 26), immediately taking a medical leave until the resignation takes effect on December 9. Negrin was high-ranking executive with Commonwealth Edison Company (an large electric utility based in Illinois) prior to being selected by Governor Shapiro to serve as the DEP […]

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Congressional Update

There were a lot of developments in Washington last week, but none as critical as the selection of the new Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA). Mr. Johnson, who is not a current member of leadership, was the last man standing after weeks of intra-party squabbling following the removal of Kevin McCarthy. Immediately following […]

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Guest Article: Tips For Lowering Your Payment Processing Costs

Nearly every single operating cost within your fuel business has increased by double digit percentages in the past 3 years. Credit card processing fees are no exception. Some increased operating costs you have no control over, and a lot of businesses assume credit card processing falls into that definition. Surprisingly there are some steps you […]

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Governor Shapiro Signs Bill To Increase Maximum Distance Between Master Control Emergency Shut-off Devices & Fuel Dispensers

Governor Shapiro recently signed House Bill 1171 into law. This legislation will extend the maximum distance permitted for the dispenser farthest from the master control shut off device at an authorized refueling site. The current allowable maximum distance of 200 feet will be increased to 350 feet under the new statute. The bill was signed […]

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Congressional Update

The US House has been without a Speaker for over two weeks and, as a result, half of Congress is closed for business. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has failed to gain the position three times and has now dropped out. The move leaves the party without a nominee or clear path forward after the historic […]

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PPA Hosts Successful Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

  Last week the PPA hosted 250 industry leaders and stakeholders in Hershey, PA for the 2023 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting. The conference has doubled in size in the past few years due to continued membership and sponsorship support. The three-day event kicked off on October 9th with 100+ golfers who played in […]

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PA Flavored Tobacco Ban Bill Set For October 18 Committee Vote

Pennsylvania introduced a flavored tobacco ban with HB 1161 in May 2023 (read more here). While there has been no movement on the bill since that time, we have now learned that HB 1161 has been placed on the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee meeting for Wednesday, October 18th. The PPA and our partners […]

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EIA Report Forecasts Winter Use and Cost of Propane and Heating Fuel

EIA forecasts that retail prices for heating oil and propane will be lower this winter than last. Although crude oil prices affecting heating oil and propane retail prices are similar to crude oil prices a year ago, prices for wholesale heating oil and propane have fallen. Propane prices have decreased because of rising natural gas […]

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Congressional Update

Last Friday marks the end of a whirlwind week in Washington as Congress averted a government shutdown by passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government at current levels until November 14—but did so at the expense of now-former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) job. The abridged version is that after failing […]

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DOE Proposed Energy Standard Threatens Continued Manufacture of Cast Iron Boilers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing a new Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) standard for residential boilers that calls into question the continued viability of oil and gas fired cast iron boilers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act authorizes DOE to regulate the energy efficiency of residential heating oil and gas boilers. Under […]

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DOE Proposes Severe Consumer Gas Furnace Restrictions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the “pre-publication” version of its final consumer furnace rulemaking. The 575-page rule would be effective in late 2028 and eliminate non-condensing gas furnaces. The rule will remain in “pre-publication” until at least November 13th. Some highlights of note on the Final Rulemaking include: The Final Rule establishes an […]

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Continue to Urge Congress to Support the Credit Card Competition Act!

Recently, over 100 members of the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC), including representatives from PPA staff and retail membership, flooded Capitol Hill to demand a vote on the Credit Card Competition Act as an amendment to the Senate’s $280 billion spending minibus which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated […]

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PPA Welcomes Seven New Members in September

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in September. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in September  Retail Convenience Store Operator […]

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Pennsylvania RGGI Working Group Releases MOU

Gov. Josh Shapiro on Friday remained noncommittal on a strategy to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gases after a task force the Democrat appointed came to an uncertain conclusion over how to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt carbon pricing over power plant emissions. The task force sprang from Shapiro questioning his predecessor’s […]

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Federal Government Shutdown Avoided Until November 17

In a surprising turn of events, Congress fast-tracked a continuing resolution (CR) at the 11th hour to keep the federal government operational though Friday, November 17. President Biden signed the bill into law just before midnight. The bill (H.R.5860) is a “clean” CR, which means it maintains spending at FY2023 funding levels over the next […]

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PPA Webinar Series Resumes October 3

The 2023 PPA webinar series will resume tomorrow (October 3) at 9:00 AM! Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the PPA throughout the year. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. October Webinar: How Energy Marketers are Meeting Today’s Challenges October 3 at […]

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PennDOT Announces Additional Federal Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Funding, Community Engagement Sessions

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced additional conditional awards for Round 1 of the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding. These awards further the Shapiro Administration’s work to address climate change, grow the Commonwealth’s economy and ensure that the future of Pennsylvania transportation is on track to be cleaner, safer, more affordable, and […]

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Groups urge FDA to Prioritize Enforcement Against Illegal E-Vape Products

Last week, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA), along with Altria Client Services, Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), ITG Brands, LLC, JT International U.S.A., Inc., National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association, Inc. (NECSEMA) and RAI Services Company, sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to […]

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Shapiro & Other Governors Commit To Quadruple Heat Pump Installations By 2030

Last week the US Climate Alliance announced its goal of quadrupling the installation of heat pumps in the country by 2030. It also announced its goal to develop widespread local zero emissions building codes. Pennsylvania is listed as one of the member state governments of the Alliance and signed onto some of the following goals: […]

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PPA 2023-2024 Digital Membership Directory Now Available!

The 2023-2024 PPA Membership Directory is now available! Published annually, the Directory is an invaluable tool to those involved in Pennsylvania’s petroleum industry. The Directory is an integrated list of Active, Associate and PPATEC members, a Buyer’s Guide of suppliers, equipment manufacturers, local petroleum organizations, and includes a legislative section, all at your fingertips! Click Here […]

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PA Democrats Retain One Seat Majority In The House

As widely expected, the Allegheny County State House Special Election this past Tuesday was won overwhelmingly by the Democrat Lindsay Powell who beat Republican Erin Connolly. Once certified, the majority control of the state House will return to the Democrats, with a 102-101 margin. This marks the third time this year a special election has […]

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Congress In Disarray

Last week, Washington has been focused on one thing—whether or not the government will shut down at the end of the month. In a normal year, Congressional appropriators aim to provide discretionary funds for all programs and departments of the Federal government through 12 annual spending measures that run from October 1 through September 30 […]

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DEP/EIA Conducting Heating Oil & Propane Survey Starting October 2

Deliverable fuel marketers in Pennsylvania may receive an inquiry from PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) regarding the SHOPP program starting October 2. SHOPP stands for the State Heating Oil and Propane Price Survey. It is conducted every year from the first week of October to the first week in April. The survey is […]

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Tobacco Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

Care for Moms Act: U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) introduced the Care of Moms Act which aims to promote access to prenatal and postpartum care and provides resources to mothers. Included in the bill are provisions that would substantially increase the tax on tobacco products: Increase the […]

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Recognizing August Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in August 2023. August 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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Senator Yaw Announced As Speaker For PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to announce that Senator Gene Yaw will be a guest speaker at the October 10th Membership Luncheon taking place during upcoming Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting! Senator Yaw is the current Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee. Join us in Hershey to hear from Senator Yaw on […]

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Credit Card Competition Act Vote Expected This Week

NACS is anticipating a vote on the Credit Card Competition Act may happen this week and calls all industry advocates to urge their Senators to vote in favor of the bill. The sponsors of the legislation, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS), are advocating for the bill to be considered as an amendment […]

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PA State Legislature Update: Fall Session & Special Election

The Pennsylvania State Senate will be returning to session this week, after essentially being on summer recess since late June (except for one day in August to pass state budget related bills). The House is scheduled to return the week of September 25. This return will follow a Special Election on Tuesday (September 19) being […]

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PPA Joins Coalition Against EPA’s Particulate Matter (PM) Proposal

PPA recently signed onto a letter sent to the US EPA Administrator this past week opposing that agency’s proposal to lower allowable levels of PM 2.5 (particulate matter) standards under the federal Clean Air Act. Such a move would likely put several parts of Pennsylvania into non-attainment status. This means the state would ultimately be […]

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US House of Representatives Passes Bill to Deny the “California Car Mandate”

On September 14th, the US House of Representatives approved the “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act” (H.R. 1435) to protect Americans’ freedom of choice when purchasing vehicles. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 222 – 190. Eight democrats supported the bill: Representatives Caraveo (CO), Costa (CA), Cuellar (TX), Davis (NC), Golden (ME), Higgins […]

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Industry Urges Congressional Support For The Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve

On September 14 a joint industry letter was sent to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development asking them to reconsider closing the 1-million-barrel Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve (NGSR) in the FY 2024 spending bill. The Department of Energy (DOE) created the NGSR in 2012 following Superstorm Sandy’s catastrophic damage to refineries and […]

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NFPA EV Charging Update

The NFPA membership at the Technical Meeting in June approved an amendment submitted by National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) that deleted the EV charging requirements proposed by the NFPA 30A Technical Committee. Under the NFPA standards development process, the NFPA 30A Technical Committee is required to determine whether to accept or reject the amended text […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Less Than One Month Away!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting is less than one month away! The upcoming conference will host updates from multiple industry experts on various topics impacting your business. Join us October 9 – 11 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Hotel Information HOST HOTEL INFORMATION The Hotel Hershey Starting at $219 […]

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September 11 Webinar: USDA Biodiesel Grant Overview & Opportunities

NEFI is hosting a webinar today from 11am -12pm which will outline the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) which is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This federal grant program supports investments in biodiesel infrastructure, covering up to 75% of project costs. Recent changes to the HBIIP have carved out specific opportunities […]

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Congressional Update

The fiscal year ends in 22 days, and, at this point, there has been no discussion about any sort of Continuing Resolution (CR) to address the myriad federal authorizations that will terminate at midnight on September 30. The Senate returned September 5; the House returns on September 12. As a result, Congress is only going […]

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30% of HAZMAT CMV’s Inspected Issued Violations During Nationwide Roadside Inspection Blitz

Inspectors in the U.S. conducted 6,123 commercial motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials (HM) during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual five-day unannounced roadside inspection and enforcement initiative conducted June 12 -16. Those inspections included 2,658 non-bulk packages, 3,256 cargo tank vehicles and 808 other bulk HM packaging’s. Inspectors identified 2,096 HM violations, of which […]

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PPA Welcomes Seven New Members in August

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in August. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. Hoyt’s Fuel Service (Shickshinny, PA) Woodford Oil […]

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Second Hotel Room Block Added For PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting is quickly approaching! The primary host venue room block at The Hotel Hershey has recently reached full capacity. A second hotel room block has been added at the Courtyard Hershey Chocolate Avenue to accommodate additional guests. The upcoming conference will host updates from multiple industry […]

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PA DEP Announces Availability Of Grants Through The Driving PA Forward Initiative

The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) recently announced an opportunity to apply for $3,659,904 in grants offered through the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program (Grant Program). A portion of funding has been made available for this opportunity through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Diesel Emission Reduction […]

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Reminder: 2024 PPA Director Nomination Deadline Approaching

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is seeking four (4) new Directors to serve on the Board of Directors. The three-year Director term begins on January 1, 2024. Click here to view the current members who serve on the PPA Board of Directors. The deadline to nominate a PPA member (including yourself) is September 8, 2023. The […]

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Businesses Must Electronically File IRS Form 8300, Report Of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Beginning January 1, 2024

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Friday that starting January 1, 2024, businesses are required to electronically file (e-file) Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, instead of filing a paper return. This new requirement follows final regulations amending e-filing rules for information returns, including Forms 8300. Businesses that receive more than $10,000 […]

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Golfer Registration & Sponsorships Still Available For October 9 Outing

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Women in Energy are jointly hosting our second annual golf tournament this fall! The 2023 event will take place Monday, October 9th at the Out Door Country Club, York, PA. Golfer registration and sponsorship packages are still available for the upcoming event! Learn more by visiting on the following links: […]

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PA Senate Set For Early Return On August 30

The State Senate will return to session on Wednesday August 30 to continue work on the yet unfinished state budget process. This marks an early return from the Senate’s summer recess which was scheduled through September 18. The major part of the spending plan was passed earlier this summer after being delayed past the June […]

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New PennDOT CDL Skills Test Begins August 28

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced a new, modernized commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills test will be implemented starting August 28, 2023. According to PennDOT, the new test will waive outdated requirements that hold workers back. As new technologies emerge, PennDOT said, the modernized CDL skills test will ensure CDL drivers have the knowledge and […]

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Reminder: 2023 PPA Field Employee Wage & Benefit Survey

Field employees are some of the most valuable individuals within your organization. The PPA is asking your organization to participate in our annual wage and benefit survey to provide better metrics for our industry. Survey responses are anonymous and limited to one per company. The deadline to complete the survey is September 30, 2023. The […]

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View PPA Fall Energy Conference Seminar Schedule

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting is less than two months away! The conference will host updates from multiple industry experts on various topics impacting your business. Join us October 9 – 11 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Conference Schedule The current event schedule can be found here. The […]

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PA Issues $38.5M In First Round Of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Funds

Last week the Shapiro Administration released the first round of conditional awards for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding. Fifty-four (54) projects in 35 counties were selected to expand electric vehicle infrastructure in Pennsylvania. The 54 projects conditionally awarded amount to a total federal investment of $33.8 million for Round 1. View the conditional […]

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Recognizing July Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in July 2023. July 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly […]

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Hurricane Season Is Here, Join EMA’s Disaster Fuel Response Program

Ninety percent of annual tropical activity in the Atlantic basin occurs after August 1st. Energy Marketers of America (EMA) urges you to stay prepared for the destructive effects of hurricane season. This season is expected to have an above normal amount of tropical activity over the Atlantic basin. Energy marketers are at ground zero during […]

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Reminder: Urge Lawmakers To Support the Credit Card Competition Act

Please continue your outreach over the August recess while our Pennsylvania congressional delegation is back home in the state to let them know that you want them to cosponsor/support this important legislation. The banks are using every single tool possible to prevent this important legislation from getting to the floor and threatening that credit card […]

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PPA Fall Conference Less Than 2 Months Away!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to bring together industry leaders for our premier membership event. Conference registration and the discounted hotel block is open to attendees! Join us October 9 – 11 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Conference Registration $295 per person CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Hotel Information The Hotel Hershey (100 […]

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Take The 2023 PPA Field Employee Wage & Benefit Survey

Field employees are some of the most valuable individuals within your organization. The PPA is asking your organization to participate in our annual wage and benefit survey to provide better metrics for our industry. Survey responses are anonymous and limited to one per company. The deadline to complete the survey is September 30, 2023. The […]

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NHTSA Proposes Increases In Fuel Economy Standards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a proposed rule to increase corporate average fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2027-2032 and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans (with gross vehicle weight ratings of more than 8,500 pounds up to 14,000 pounds) for model years […]

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Court Vacates FDA Deeming Regulations for Premium Cigars

Last week, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that vacates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations which pertain to premium cigars. When a court “vacates” a regulation, the regulation is cancelled or declared null and void. This decision was issued in a seven-year […]

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Governor Shapiro Signs 2023-2024 State Budget

Late last week, the State Senate returned to Harrisburg for the purpose of sending the state budget bill to the Governor’s desk. The House had passed the bill by the June 30 deadline, but controversy had erupted over a provision that the Senate Republicans had earlier inserted in the bill that provided $100 million to […]

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Nominate A Future PPA Board Member

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is seeking four (4) new Directors to serve on the Board of Directors. The three-year Director term begins on January 1, 2024. Click here to view the current members who serve on the PPA Board of Directors. If you are interested in nominating someone (including yourself), please notify the PPA prior […]

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PPA Welcomes Three New Members In July

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in July. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in July Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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Industry Participation Needed: October 11 State Fuel Sector Emergency Planning Exercise

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association will be hosting a mock emergency planning exercise on October 11, 2023. The exercise will be facilitated by our state agency partners for the purpose of strengthening the Pennsylvania State Energy Security Plan (SESP). Other stakeholders who rely on the interdependency of liquid fuels throughout the […]

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Register Now For The PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to bring together industry leaders for our premier membership event. Conference registration and the discounted hotel block is open to attendees! Join us October 9 – 11 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Conference Registration $295 per person CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Hotel Information The Hotel Hershey (100 […]

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Update On The Credit Card Competition Act

Congress left Washington, D.C. last week for its month-long August recess without a vote on the Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA). Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) were pushing to include as an amendment to the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to […]

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Biden Administration Opens Applications For States And Territories To Implement $8.5 Billion for Home Energy Rebates

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on July 27 that it is accepting applications for state and territory implementation of the two Home Energy Rebate programs created by the Inflation Reduction Act. The first program (The Home Efficiency Rebates Program) provides $4.3 billion for state energy offices to provide rebates for home energy efficiency retrofits […]

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Automakers Announce Joint Plan to Open 30,000 EV Charging Stations Nationwide

Major automakers last week announced plans to nearly double the network of fast electric vehicle charging stations nationwide. The plan is designed to lessen consumer “range anxiety” over the lack of sufficient and reliable EV charging stations necessary to go on longer trips without fear of running out of charge. The plan calls for adding […]

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Congressional Update

Last week the Senate Appropriators marked up all 12 of its funding bills and sent them for floor consideration for the first time since 2018. On the same subject, the House has hit a few major roadblocks since they decided to massively cut spending (beyond the caps agreed to between Speaker McCarthy and President Biden) […]

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Updated I-9 Form Available August, Required On November 1

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that an updated I-9 form for employers to verify the citizenship status of new employees will be available beginning August 1st. Employers may continue to use the older Form I-9 (Rev. 10/21/19) through October 31st. After that date, they will be subject to penalties if they […]

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PA House Democrat Resigns Temporarily (Again) Tying Chamber At 101 – 101

With the resignation of a Democratic member, the House is now again evenly split at 101 Democrats and 101 Republican members. Rep. Sarah lnnamorato (D-Allegheny) stepped down to focus on her race for County Executive. She had won the spring primary for that position. The Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) immediately set a […]

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Golfer Registration & Sponsorship Opportunities Available For October 9 Outing

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Women in Energy are jointly hosting our second annual golf tournament this fall! The 2023 event will take place Monday, October 9th at the Out Door Country Club, York, PA. Golfer registration and sponsorship packages are filling up quickly! Learn more by visiting on the following links: CLICK HERE to […]

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EPA Denies 26 Small Refinery Exemption Requests

On July 14, 2023, EPA announced its denial of 26 petitions from small refineries seeking small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for one or more of the compliance years between 2016 and 2023. In keeping with the Agency’s April and July 2022 Denials of Petitions for RFS Small Refinery Exemptions, […]

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PPA Fall Conference Attendee Registration & Hotel Block Now Available!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to bring together industry leaders for our premier membership event. Conference registration and the discounted hotel block is now open to attendees! Join us October 9 – 11 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Conference Registration $295 per person CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Hotel Information The Hotel Hershey […]

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PPA Co-Hosting State Fuel Sector Emergency Planning Exercise On October 11

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association will be hosting a mock emergency planning exercise on October 11, 2023. The exercise will be facilitated by our state agency partners for the purpose of strengthening the Pennsylvania State Energy Security Plan (SESP). Other stakeholders who rely on the interdependency of liquid fuels throughout the […]

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EMA Opposes EPA’s Plan to Eliminate Fuel-Fired Heating Appliances from the Energy Star Program

Recently, EMA submitted comments on EPA’s controversial proposal to eliminate residential fuel-fired boilers from the ENERGY STAR rating program. The EPA notice said the agency will not accept new fuel fired boilers into the Energy Star program after December 31, 2024. The phaseout would leave only residential electric heating and cooling appliances with the coveted […]

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Congressional Update

Last week, Congress returned from July 4th recess and got to work. First, House Appropriators began to work through the 12 bills that Speaker McCarthy promised members of the Freedom Caucus would each be considered on the floor. At this point, the goal is to have all 12 bills reported out of committee before August […]

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Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor “The Credit Card Competition Act”

Recently, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Peter Welch (D-VT) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Representatives Lance Gooden (R-TX), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Tom Tiffany (R-WI) and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act of 2023” (S.1838; H.R. 3881). The legislation, which was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate, […]

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Pennsylvania State Budget Remains In Limbo

The state budget impasse continues with no clear ending (or even a pathway to an ending) in sight. As has been reported previously, the core stumbling block to the adoption of the state spending plan was the refusal of House Democrats to support a school voucher bill that had been agreed to by the Senate […]

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Recognizing June Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in June 2023. June 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly […]

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PA Senate Bill Introduced To Increase Minimum Margin On Cigarette Sales

A bill (SB 837) that would significantly change the cigarette pricing system in Pennsylvania has been introduced in the state Senate. Entitled the Small Convenience Store Protection Act, the bill would increase the presumed cost of doing business by retailers (for cigarettes) from the current 7% to the following: Section 234-A. Presumed Cost of Doing […]

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Pennsylvania Begins New Fiscal Year Without A Budget

The Pennsylvania General Assembly left town on Friday June 30 without completing its work to finalize the adoption of the state’s General Budget. The state Senate did vote 29 – 21 to pass a $45~ billion budget which was rejected by the House Democrats. By law, the deadline for adoption of the budget (by both […]

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PPA Welcomes Eight New Members In June

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in June. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. Oakland Fuel Oil, LLC (Mifflintown, PA) R.W. Dittmar […]

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USDA Announces $450 Million in New Funding for Higher Biofuel Blending Infrastructure Grants

USDA announced on June 26, 2023 that it will begin accepting new applications for $450 million in grants through Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). These grants support the infrastructure needed to lower out-of-pocket costs for energy marketers to install and upgrade biofuel-related infrastructure such as pumps, dispensers and storage tanks. The HBIIP funds are […]

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Urge Lawmakers to Cosponsor “The Credit Card Competition Act”

Recently, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Peter Welch (D-VT) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Representatives Lance Gooden (R-TX), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Tom Tiffany (R-WI) and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act of 2023” (S.1838; H.R. 3881). The legislation, which was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate, […]

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National Fire Code Association Rejects Proposed Changes to EV Charging Code

Recently, at the 2023 National Fire Code Association (NFPA) Technical Meeting, the membership addressed motions provided by two organizations to amend the proposed NFPA 30A chapter on EV Charging at motor fueling facilities. Amendments were proposed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and ChargePoint. The amendment proposed by NEMA deletes the majority of the […]

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Oppose EPA Ban On Gasoline & Diesel Vehicles

The Energy Marketers of America (EMA) urges you to submit comments BY JULY 5, 2023, on the U.S. EPA’s proposed tailpipe emission standards for light and medium duty vehicles for model year 2027 and beyond. The EPA projects that the new emission standards would require nearly 70 percent of all new light duty vehicle sales […]

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Updates On California Air Resources Board (CARB) Emission Requirements In Pennsylvania

PA DEP Extends CARB Emission Suspension to Model Year 2027 On June 10, 2023 the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announced they will suspend enforcement of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 126, Subchapter E (relating to Pennsylvania Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program) until January 2, 2026. The Pennsylvania Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program (Program) applies to the […]

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EPA Finalizes 2023-2025 RFS Blending Mandates

On June 21, 2023 the EPA finalized the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and percentage standards for 2023, 2024, and 2025. EPA will require 20.94 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2023, 21.54 billion gallons of renewable fuel in 2024, and 22.33 gallons in 2025. Specifically, the final rule set the […]

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PPA & Women In Energy Hosting 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association and Women in Energy look forward to jointly hosting our second annual golf tournament this fall! The 2023 event will take place Monday, October 9th at the Out Door Country Club, York, PA. We are excited to share that both golfer registration and sponsorship packages are now available! Learn more by […]

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Recognizing May Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in May 2023. May 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly […]

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Take Action: Oppose EPA Proposed Ban On Gasoline & Diesel Vehicles

Please submit comments by July 5, 2023, on the U.S. EPA’s proposed tailpipe emission standards for light and medium duty vehicles for model year 2027 and beyond. The EPA projects that the new emission standards would require nearly 70 percent of all new light duty vehicle sales to be battery electric vehicles (EV) by 2032. […]

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Nationwide Commercial Motor Carrier Roadside Inspection Blitz Scheduled for August

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a nationwide alliance of local, state and federal motor carrier enforcement agencies has scheduled this year’s annual Brake Safety Week roadside inspection blitz for August 20-26th with a focus on brake lining/pad violations. During the Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors highlight the importance of brake systems by […]

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Congressional Update

The House of Representatives continued a busy summer schedule last week with six of seven session weeks in a row. After passing the debt ceiling extension weeks ago, Congress turned to must-do items with the House marking up the annual defense bill, appropriations legislation, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization. A major legislative item that […]

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PPA Welcomes Five New Members in May

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in May. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in May Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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PA Senate Advances Bill That Creates Annual Registration Fee For EV’s

This week, the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee reported out Senate Bill 656 (Rothman, R-Cumberland) that would impose an annual fee on owners of electric vehicles. By a 13-1 vote, the Committee supported the establishment of a $290 fee that would be due with the vehicle’s yearly registration. The measure would also exempt electric vehicles from […]

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Swipe Fee Legislation Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation addressing swipe fees was introduced on June 7th in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives with the goal of creating choice for retailers when processing credit card purchases. The Credit Card Competition Act seeks to bring competition to the credit card market and addresses the exorbitant swipe fees paid by […]

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PA Department of Human Services Releases 2023-2024 Proposed LIHEAP State Plan

The Department of Human Services (Department) published the proposed 2023-2024 state plan for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday. Comments on this notice and testimony received at public hearings will be used to formulate the final State Plan for using Federal funds for FY 2023-2024 LIHEAP later this […]

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PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Report On I-95 Closure

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has shared the following information regarding the incident on June 11th that has resulted in an extended closure of I-95. Press Briefing Summary – Thank you to our partners with the South Central PA Task Force for the following press briefing summary. Link to the briefing recording: https://pacast.com/m?p=23248 • A […]

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US DOT Annual Hazmat Registration Due by July 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration is now accepting registrations for the 2023-2024 registration period. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2023. PHMSA requires both hazardous material transporters and those who ship hazardous materials through common carriers to register and pay […]

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Congressional Update

What a difference a week makes! A week ago, it was not clear that President Biden and Speaker McCarthy would reach an agreement on a debt ceiling increase, and it was less clear that whatever they ultimately produced would have a chance of getting through Congress. Well, a week later, the deal was made, written […]

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PPA Monthly Webinar Series Resumes Tomorrow

The 2023 PPA webinar series will resume tomorrow (June 6) at 9:00 AM! Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the PPA throughout the year. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. Adapting and Thriving: How Family-Owned Energy Marketers are Overcoming Challenges and Maintaining […]

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US Department of Energy Opens Two New EV Funding Opportunities

The US Department of Energy recently opened two new competitive funding opportunities to support the deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations. Please find more details about these programs below. The Ride and Drive Electric Program is offering up to $51 million to support EV charging reliability, resiliency, equity, and workforce development. The cost share […]

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EMA Urges FDA to Publish a List of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to Eliminate Confusion and Uncertainty in the Marketplace

Last week, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) submitted a citizen petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implore them to publish a clear and comprehensive list of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to eliminate confusion and uncertainty in the marketplace. Although the FDA has provided a list of products with marketing granted […]

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Continued Electrification Initiatives By Federal & State Government

The following is a compilation of policies initiated by the federal and segments of Pennsylvania state government aimed at putting motor fuel and heating fuel marketers out of business. 1. EPA proposes elimination of Oil & Gas from Energy Star® Program The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has officially announced a plan to begin eliminating […]

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C-Store Beer License Legislation Reintroduced In PA House

Last week, Rep. Abby Major (R-Armstrong) introduced House Bill 1256 which would standardize the ability for convenience stores (who sell motor fuel) to purchase state licenses to allow for retail beer sales. The current licensing system requires entities to buy existing Restaurant Licenses (R-License) and convert them to retail beer licenses. The current licensing system […]

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Yaw Introduces Legislation to Regulate Legal Skill Video Games

Last week, Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) introduced Senate Bill 706 which would regulate and tax skill video games in the Commonwealth. This legislation would formally establish the legality of skill video games and generate an annual revenue stream (some estimates have projected $300 million annually) to the state. The operation of skill video games has […]

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EPA Drops Controversial eRINs Provision from Proposed 2023-2025 RFS Standard

The EPA removed the controversial electric vehicle (EV) credit (eRIN) from the proposed RFS rule for 2023-2025 now under final review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under the proposed rule issued in November, the agency would allow EV automakers to generate eRINs for charging vehicles using power generated from renewable […]

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Increase In PA State Zero Emission Policy Activity

Developments in Pennsylvania state government over the last few weeks show an intensifying effort to establish zero emission policies for transportation and heating sources. These efforts will become more significant in light of House Democrats maintaining their majority after last week’s Special Elections. It is anticipated that Democrats will continue to hold the one seat […]

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Multiple PA State House Bills Introduced Last Week

A long list of PA House activity occurred last week after the Special Election locked in a one seat House majority. The PPA has placed the following bills on our watch list. To view the entire Bills We’re Watching list please click here. HB 1161 (McNeill, D-Lehigh) Bans the sale of flavored tobacco products, vaping […]

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Bipartisan Congressional Letter Urges EPA to Withdraw Costly Small Gasoline Bulk Plant Vapor Balancing Proposed Mandate

Today, Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Congressman John Joyce (R-PA), along with 82 lawmakers, urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that would mandate the installation of gasoline vapor balancing equipment at virtually every small/intermediate bulk storage plant and loading cargo tank wagon across the country. If finalized in the current […]

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Tired of Delayed IRS Tax Refunds?

The Energy Marketers of America (EMA) recently announced an exclusive member service agreement with ThinkTrade, an IRS authorized e-filing service provider and a BBB accredited company with A+ rating, enabling safe and secured filing for taxpayers. ThinkTrade will grant EMA member companies a 15 percent discount off ThinkTrade’s e-filing services through a dedicated landing page […]

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Help Stop EPA’s Gasoline Bulk Plant Vapor Balancing Mandate

EMA needs your help to show why the EPA significantly miscalculated the number of gasoline bulk plants owned by small business energy marketers who may be required to comply with the vapor balancing retrofit proposed rule. This survey collects new information, so please answer the SURVEY HERE even if you answered earlier bulk plant surveys.

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Results Of May 16 Special Election Will Determine Control Of PA House

Once again, special elections to fill vacant state house seats will decide which party will control the Pennsylvania State House. These elections will be held on primary Election Day, Tuesday May 16. One seat in Northumberland County is being held to replace Lynda Schlegel Culver who resigned earlier this year after winning a special election […]

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Register For Eastern Energy Expo Next Week!

The Eastern Energy Expo will take place May 21 – 24, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ. This annual expo and trade show brings together wholesale and retail liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and HVAC service professionals. EEE 2023 is returning to the Mid-Atlantic region for the first time […]

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View Upcoming PPA Webinar Series Schedule

The 2023 PPA webinar series will resume next month! Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the PPA throughout the year. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. Adapting and Thriving: How Family-Owned Propane and Oil Businesses are Overcoming Challenges and Maintaining Control June […]

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Recognizing April Advocacy Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in April 2023. April 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly […]

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PA Senate Holds Second Hearing On Grid Reliability & Infrastructure Concerns

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on held a briefing on May 1, 2023 discuss grid reliability and infrastructure and provide an update on the future outlook of Pennsylvania power production. A recording of the meeting can be found here. According to Committee Chairman Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) “the aftermath of Winter Storm […]

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Oral Fluid Testing Approved For Detecting Drug Use By USDOT

On May 3, 2023 the Department of Transportation (DOT) this week published a final rule in the Federal Register (88 FR 27596) that amends the U.S. DOT’s drug testing program to include the discretionary use by employers of oral fluid testing. Oral fluid testing is a win for marketers because it offers a cheaper, more […]

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PPA Welcomes Seven New Members In April

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in April. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. Meenan (Tullytown, PA) Petro (Southampton, PA) Retail Convenience […]

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Senate Bill Proposes Annual Electric Vehicle Registration Fee

Republican lawmakers continue to introduce proposals on how account for EV road usage. Last week, Senator Greg Rothman introduced SB 656 which would eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electric vehicles and replace it with an electric vehicle fee of $380 per noncommercial electric vehicle and $450 per commercial electric vehicle. These fees will be […]

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2023 Summer Leadership Conference Hotel Deadline Is May 9!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders at the 2023 Summer Leadership Conference. The deadline to book your hotel room for the event is May 9th! Please reference important event information below. Hotel Information ICONA Avalon (7849 Dune Dr, Avalon, NJ 08202) Starting at $319 per night (plus […]

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Congressional Update

The House was in recess, but the Supreme Court, Senate, and Administration were hard at work. Starting with the Judicial Branch, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case that would bring into question the almost-forty-year-old precedent known as Chevron deference, whereby courts typically defer to federal agency interpretations of otherwise-ambiguous Congressional directives. In […]

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EEE Early Bird Registration Ends On May 5

The Eastern Energy Expo will take place May 21 – 24, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ. This annual expo and trade show brings together wholesale and retail liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and HVAC service professionals. EEE 2023 is returning to the Mid-Atlantic region for the first time […]

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PA House Passes Eight Bipartisan Bills In Return To Session

Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed eight bipartisan bills, including four with unanimous approval, in the lower chamber’s return to session this week after a nearly two-month hiatus. With a narrow one-vote majority for the first time in more than a decade, House committees also cued up a blizzard of bills on Democratic policy priorities, such as […]

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EPA Announces Emergency Waiver Allowing Summertime Sale of E15 Nationwide

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it will once again suspend the ban on summertime sales of E15 blends. The EPA issued emergency waivers similar to last year that would allow E15 to be used nationwide between June 1 and September 15. The move comes after weeks of lobbying by lawmakers from corn producing states dissatisfied […]

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Supreme Court Rejects Oil Company Appeals in Climate Change Cases

On April 24, 2023, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Suncor Energy and Exxon Mobil in a climate change case now proceeding in a Colorado state court. The case reached the Supreme Court after the Colorado court refused a move to transfer the case to a more hospitable federal court, and a […]

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Congressional Update

There was a lot going on last week, but most of Washington was focused squarely on Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s efforts to pass a House bill to address the debt limit. And while the Speaker made very clear his bill was not going to be open for negotiation, at the eleventh hour, he made a deal […]

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PA General Assembly Reconvenes This Week

The Pennsylvania General Assembly will reconvene April 24th for the first voting sessions since early March. It was at that time that Governor Shapiro presented his proposed 2023-24 state budget. In the weeks subsequent, the House and Senate Budget Appropriations Committees have been conducting budget hearings. At these hearings, each state agency presents its individual […]

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First Annual Clay Shoot Raises $11,000+ for Technical Scholarships

On April 5, the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) held its first-ever Shoot For Scholarships fundraising event. More than 90 participants from dozens of regional energy marketers and HVAC contractors raised more than $11,000, which will help fund the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation. The foundation, named after industry-leader Bob Boltz, is a nonprofit foundation established […]

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LIHEAP Season Extended To May 12

The Department of Human Services (DHS) informed the LIHEAP Advisory Committee (LAC) last week that the current LIHEAP season will be extended to May 12, 2023. The season was originally set to end on April 28, 2023. The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association serves on the LAC to represent the interests of deliverable fuel vendors and consumers. […]

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EMA Submits Comments on RVP Summertime Fuel “Opt-Out”

Recently, the Biden Administration delayed a decision on allowing the year-round sale of E15 in certain Midwest states until the 2024 summer season. The decision stems from a petition by a group of Midwest governors to permit the summertime sale of E15 in their states authorized under a provision in the Clean Air Act allowing […]

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Congressional Update

The House and Senate returned to Washington, D.C. last week with eyes focused on reaching a deal on the debt limit. House Republicans released their debt limit proposal, which is designed to cut federal spending and repeal significant parts of the Inflation Reduction Act. The proposal comes as Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy announced […]

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Congress Urges EPA to Increase Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes

Last week, thirty-seven members of Congress sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan to express their concern over the agency’s failure to reflect the growth in the production of biomass-based diesel in the proposed RFS blending mandates for 2023-2025. The use of biomass-based diesel is becoming an increasingly important blendstock for both biodiesel and […]

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Biden Administration Proposes Aggressive Fuel Economy Standards

EPA unveiled stringent new tailpipe emission standards last week for model years 2027 to 2032, which could result in electric cars making up as much as 67 percent of new vehicle sales by 2032. A companion proposal from EPA is designed to have 25 percent of new heavy trucks be all-electric by 2032. Separately, the […]

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Eastern Energy Expo 2023 Hotel Discount Ends April 21!

We hope to see you at the Eastern Energy Expo which is taking place May 21 – 24, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ. This annual expo and trade show brings together wholesale and retail liquid fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and HVAC service professionals. Experience informative business presentations, attend […]

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FMCSA Reveals Upcoming Rules, Studies and Data Collection Activities Affecting Energy Marketers

The FMCSA held a stakeholder meeting for regulated parties on April 12 to announce plans for significant rulemaking proposals, in depth safety studies and data collections for 2023 and beyond, The FMCSA proposed rules, data collection activities and safety studies could have a significant regulatory impact on energy marketers. According to the FMCSA, upcoming proposed […]

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Congressional Update

With Congress wrapping up its Easter recess, much of the activity took place within the Administration. The biggest news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of two rules that it says would “accelerate the ongoing transition to a clean vehicles future and tackle the climate crisis” and would lead to two-thirds of new cars […]

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PPATEC Students Hired By PPA Member Employers

Careers await graduates of PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center)  The typical “signing ceremony” involves a young adult playing sports for a four-year college. On March 19, a regional workforce development program held a far more meaningful event — where the students in question signed on to well-paying, lifelong careers. During the ceremony, Emmanuel […]

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Congressional Update

On April 6th, President Biden vetoed a bipartisan congressional resolution that would repeal the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that was implemented by the Biden Administration’s EPA. A major point of contention since it was introduced in 2021, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the rule was not a “commonsense conservation measure,” but […]

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EPA Set to Propose Stringent New Tailpipe Emission Limits Designed to Accelerate the Transition to Electric Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose the toughest-ever standards for tailpipe emissions next week when President Biden travels to Detroit. Sources report that the proposed standards stop just short of an all-out ban on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and designed to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. The proposed […]

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PPA Welcomes Six New Members In March

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in March. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in March Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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Recognizing Q1 2023 PPA Advocacy Contributors 

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions from the first quarter of 2023. Q1 2023 POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support […]

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PA EV Rate Design Working Group Submits Final Recommendations To PUC

On March 29, 2023, the Electric Vehicle Rate Design Working Group filed its recommendations to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (click here to view the document). The working group was established by an order of the PUC. The purpose of which was for stakeholder feedback on how the regulatory body should design rate structures in […]

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Contribute To PPA Advocacy Efforts

Conservative news media has been abuzz the last couple weeks regarding the announcement that Stacey Abrams, a predominant progressive Democratic leader from Georgia, has taken a job with Rewiring America as its Senior Counsel. Rewiring America is a well-funded environmental group dedicated to encouraging all Americans to electrify their homes and businesses. The group is […]

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Congressional Update

Last week, the main event was House passage of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. The bill, which would expand oil and gas drilling and roll back environmental protections, including major pieces of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, is, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), dead on arrival in the Senate. Still, […]

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New Treasury Department Rules Limit Electric Vehicle (EV) Tax Credit

The Biden Administration has released new rules that will significantly shorten the list of electric vehicles that qualify for federal tax credits. The rules, issued by the Treasury Department, are a result of the Inflation Reduction Act and designed to encourage consumers to turn away from fossil fuels in favor of EVs. Automakers must meet […]

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Industry Letter Sent To Congress In Support Of NORA Reauthorization

The PPA joined other petroleum associations in asking the Senate Agriculture Committee leadership to support a five-year extension of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (“NORA”) through October 1, 2033. NORA was first authorized in 2000, via title VII of the Energy Act of 2000, to provide funding that would allow the liquid heating industry to […]

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Biden Administration Approves California’s Electric Truck Mandate

Last week, the EPA approved California’s rule to start phasing out gas-powered heavy-duty vehicles. Also, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Oregon have already moved to adopt the rule even though some lack the electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support new electric trucks. Adopted in 2020, the Advanced Clean Trucks Rule requires manufacturers […]

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Limited Hotel Rooms Remaining For 2023 Summer Leadership Conference

Our 2023 Summer Leadership Conference is quickly approaching! Please see below for important updates regarding the event. We hope to see you in Avalon, NJ. Hotel Information ICONA Avalon (7849 Dune Dr, Avalon, NJ 08202) Starting at $319 per night (plus tax & resort fees) Book Online or by Phone: (609) 368-5155 using group code PAPetroleum2023 Important: […]

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First Round Of PennDOT NEVI Grant Program Opens Today

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will officially begin accepting applications for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Grants today (March 27).  The application deadline will be 5:00 PM EDT on May 5, 2023. This grant was previously scheduled to open on February 24 but was postponed by PennDOT. Visit PennDOT’s Apply for NEVI Funds webpage for […]

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US Court of Appeals Upholds Approval of Swipe Fee Settlement

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the lower court’s approval of the $5.6 billion settlement in the Visa/Mastercard swipe fee litigation. The approval of the settlement was challenged by the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) and other associations, as well as scores of branded wholesalers and retailers of gasoline and […]

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Annual Nationwide Roadside Inspection and Enforcement Blitz Scheduled for May 16-18

Energy marketers are reminded to be prepared for the annual three-day RoadCheck enhanced roadside inspection and enforcement blitz scheduled for May 16-18. RoadCheck is an annual 72-hour event where inspectors fan out nationwide to conduct enhanced roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicle drivers and their vehicles. The annual inspection and enforcement blitz is organized by […]

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Congressional Update

Congress is rounding into mid-season form, hearing from leaders of federal agencies as they seek to justify their budget requests for FY 2024. This includes testimony from EPA Administrator Michael Regan before the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. This was not just an opportunity for Mr. Regan to justify his proposed $12.08 billion […]

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IRS Issues Warning About Motor Fuel Excise Tax Credit Scam

The IRS has seen an increase in the promotion of filing certain refundable credits using Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels. In this scam, a third party convinces a taxpayer to fraudulently claim the credit with promises of a windfall refund. However, the promoters of this scam are focused on their own […]

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Energy Choice Legislation Passes PA Senate

By a vote of 40-9, the Pennsylvania State Senate recently passed the Energy Choice bill (Senate Bill 143) The bill would prohibit local governments from banning or regulating energy use (ex: installation of natural gas, oil, or propane heating system) within their jurisdictions. The legislation passed by a smaller margin than last session. The increase […]

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Reminder: Eastern Energy Expo 2023 Registration Is Open

Attendee registration opened earlier this month for the 2023 Eastern Energy Expo. Click here to view registration options and to register online. The Expo will take place May 21 – 24, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ and feature a two-day trade show (May 23 & 24) with over 200 exhibiting companies. A new promotion this year […]

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Congressional Update

This week, the House GOP decided to put a few miles on its new majority, taking up a massive energy package, H.R. 1, and contemplating the rolling back of President Biden’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations. H.R. 1, which was introduced on Tuesday, would, according to Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), do two things: (1) […]

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Applications Now Open for DOT’s Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program

Applications opened last week for the first round of U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The CFI will provide $2.5 billion over five years to a wide range of eligible applicants that includes cities, counties, local governments, and Tribes […]

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Federal Hydrogen Infrastructure Bills Buildout Reintroduced

Recently, Senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) reintroduced their bipartisan Hydrogen Infrastructure Initiative, a package of four bills to support the adoption of hydrogen in energy-intensive sectors. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) are also cosponsors. The Coons-Cornyn Hydrogen […]

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Women in Energy Offering Mentorship Award

Women in Energy (WE) is doing their part to introduce more women to the Energy Industry through their Mentorship Award. Women in Energy annually selects a minimum of one woman to be the winner of this award.  The winner is invited to be a guest at their Annual Conference – which includes a two-night stay, […]

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PA Senate Republicans Propose Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

A significant development occurred in the state Capitol this past week on the climate change front. Two senior, conservative Republican Senators Gene Yaw (Environmental Committee Chair) and Scott Martin (Appropriations Chair) filed a co-sponsorship memo asking for the support of their colleagues of legislation they intend to introduce that would create a Low Carbon Fuel […]

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Governor Shapiro’s 2023 Budget Adress & RGGI Funding

Governor Shapiro gave his maiden budget address last week, proposing $44.4 billion in spending for the upcoming fiscal year. One line item that was in the budget documents (but about which he did not speak) was projected revenue more than $650 million from RGGI proceeds. This cap-and-trade program addressing fuels used for electric power generation […]

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Employers Required to Check Driver Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Record Upon Notification from FMCSA of New Information

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced changes in the way employers are notified of driver drug and alcohol violations uploaded to the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Previously, the Clearinghouse would only notify an employer (by email) of new information uploaded to a driver’s drug and alcohol file for 30 days following an […]

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PA Weights & Measures Conducting Motor Fuel Signage & Pump Pricing Compliance Visits

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Division of Weights and Measures has notified the PPA that compliance visits are actively being conducted to ensure advertising product prices for motor fuel street signs and/or pumps are in accordance with the law. PDA has general authority and responsibility to enforce the Consolidated Weights and Measures Act (3 Pa.C.S.A […]

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PPA Welcomes Four New Members in February

The PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in February.   Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. — N/A in February   Retail […]

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Lawmakers Introduce bill to Deny the “California Car Mandate”

Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH), John Joyce (R-PA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Jay Obernolte (R-CA) introduced legislation – the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act – to protect Americans’ freedom of choice when purchasing vehicles. The legislation would reject California’s request for a Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver to require 35 percent of all new light-duty […]

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Congressional Update

This past week, President Biden released his annual budget. This document, while largely dismissed by Congress, is very indicative of the policies that the Administration will focus on for the next year and, with a divided Congress, where they may focus regulatory actions. The White House is requesting a $1.9 billion, or 19 percent, increase […]

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PA House Elects New Speaker & Adopts Modified Governing Rules

Early last week, PA House Speaker Mark Rozzi resigned from his position, and supported the election of Democratic Leader Rep. Joanne McClinton (D – Philadelphia) to that post. Rozzi’s move ended several weeks of gridlock in the House by officially giving Democrats control of that body. As of the writing, the Democrats have not yet […]

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Attendee Registration Now Open For 2023 Eastern Energy Expo

Attendee registration is now available for the 2023 Eastern Energy Expo. Click here to view registration options and to register online. The Expo will take place May 21 – 24, 2023 in Atlantic City, NJ and feature a two-day trade show (May 23 & 24) with over 200 exhibiting companies. A new promotion this year […]

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Biden Administration Delays Summertime E15 Sales until 2024

Last week, the Biden Administration delayed a decision on allowing the year-round sale of E15 in certain Midwest states until the 2024 summer season. The decision stems from a petition by a group of Midwest governors to permit the summertime sale of E15 in their states. The petition is authorized under a provision in the […]

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PA Senate Holds Public Hearing On PJM Electric Grid Reliability

On February 27, 2023, two State Senate Committees held a joint public hearing to evaluate the PJM Interconnection grid reliability during Winter Storm Elliot. The joint hearing was conducted by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. The hearing was prompted by the public concerns raised […]

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Senator Yaw Proposes Creation Of Independent Energy Office

Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), this past week proposed the creation of an Independent Energy Office (IEO) in the Commonwealth. Under Yaw’s proposal, the IEO would serve as an energy policy neutral agency that would be tasked with gathering information and data regarding all energy utilized in the state. Yaw would foresee the IEO as being […]

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House Bill Introduced For EV Mileage-Based User Fee Program

Rep Rich Irvin (R-Huntington/Franklin) recently introduced House Bill 85 create a 5-year pilot program to levy a MBUF (mileage-based user fee) on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Act would amend Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in general provisions, further providing for definitions; in liquid fuels and fuels tax, further providing for […]

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Washington DC Capitol Hill Update

Last week, Washington was back in action following last week’s President’s Day recess. In the Senate, the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Joseph Goffman to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. In this hearing, Mr. Goffman was noncommittal regarding […]

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PPA Summer Leadership Conference Schedule & Program Now Available

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry. We hope you can join us this year in Avalon, NJ! The conference schedule and leadership seminar are now available. Conference Schedule & Leadership Seminar A preview of the conference schedule and leadership seminar can be found below. View […]

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EMA Joins Chamber in Opposing Ban on Noncompete Clauses

This week, EMA joined other members of the Chamber of Commerce in sending a letter to all Members of Congress. The letter is in opposition to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed rule to impose a nationwide ban on almost all noncompete clauses. The FTC lacks the constitutional or statutory authority to issue such a […]

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PA House Resumes Legislative Session With Democrat Majority 

The Pennsylvania House returned on February 21 to resume their legislative session for the first time in over a month. The chamber has been in a stalemate since January 3rd convening of the 2023 – 2024 session due to neither the Democrats or Republicans having the votes necessary to take control of the running of […]

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Increases In PA LIHEAP Funding Effective This Week

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced details regarding the increase of Crisis Maximum LIHEAP grants from $1,000 to $2,000. The change will be effective on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Any Crisis requests processed on or after that date will check against a $2,000 maximum instead of $1,000. DHS previously announced a […]

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PA Conducting Spotted Lanternfly Site Inspections & Expanding Quarantine Area

On February 25, the state Department of Agriculture added Butler, Clearfield, Clinton, Fayette, Lawrence, and Somerset counties to the quarantine area for the spotted lanternfly. Click here for more information. Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a spotted lanternfly permit. Click here for information on who needs a […]

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PennDOT Will Begin Accepting NEVI Grant Applications March 27

On February 24, the state Department of Transportation announced it will begin accepting applications for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grants on March 27.  The deadline to apply is May 5. This grant was previously scheduled to open on February 24 but was postponed by PennDOT (read more here). An updated Round 1 Notice of Funding […]

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Webinar On Federal Efforts To Ban Or Limit Use Of Employee Non-Compete Agreements

The Small Business Legislative Counsel (SBLC) will host a webinar on Thursday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. EST. In this webinar, SBLC Strategic Policy Director and Paley Rothman employment law attorney Jessica Summers will discuss recent state and federal efforts to ban or limit the use of employee non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants, what […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else — Gov. Shapiro — Post-Gazette Editorial: Shapiro Perks Suggest Ethical Backsliding In Harrisburg — PA Senate/House Transition — PA Capital-Star: House Speaker Previews Rules Proposal As Legal Relief For Child Abuse Survivors Advances — PA Capital-Star: PA House Speaker Headed For Clash With Senate Republicans On […]

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PPA Submits Comments To PA Public Utility Commission On EV Rate Design

On February 15, the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association submitted formal comments to the PA Public Utility Commission’s Electric Vehicle Charging Rate Design Working Group. The Working Group was formed by the Commission to examine the issue of what rate structures the Commission should consider addressing the growth in the use of electric vehicles in the state. […]

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New Jersey To Ban New Gas Vehicle Sales in 2035

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) last week announced his plan to require all new cars and light-duty truck sales in the state after 2035 to meet Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards. This prohibition of petroleum internal combustion engines follows the same regulatory action taken by California in 2022. Sixteen other states (including New Jersey and Pennsylvania) […]

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April 5 Clay Shoot – Important Deadlines Approaching

Sponsorship and registration deadlines are approaching for the inaugural Shoot for Scholarships event. This is event is a fundraiser for the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation being hosted by the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association. The Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established by the PPA in 2021. The mission of […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update: Permitting Reforms; ESG Rules, LIHEAP, EVs

The U.S. House was out of session last week, but that hasn’t stopped House Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) from making news regarding permitting legislation in the 118th Congress, noting that he would use Rep. Garret Graves’ (R-LA) BUILDER Act from last Congress as a starting point. The BUILDER Act would have updated the […]

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EMA Files Comments On RFS Proposed Rule

Recently, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) filed comments on EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposed renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and percentage standards for 2023, 2024, and 2025, as well as a series of modifications to expand the RFS program. Specifically, EMA highlighted the challenges higher ethanol blend requirements could have on existing underground storage […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else–   — Gov. Shapiro — Gov. Shapiro Lays Out Serious Concerns Regarding Norfolk Southern’s Incident Management After Meeting With Beaver County Officials  [PaEN] — Gov. Shapiro Announces Pennsylvania Will Conduct Independent Water Sampling Following Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN] — AP: Gov. Shapiro Will Not Execute Any […]

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Registration Now Open For 2023 PPA Summer Leadership Conference

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry as part of the Summer Leadership Conference June 11-13 in Avalon, NJ. Conference registration includes access to the business seminars, breakfast, and receptions. Discounted room rates are available at the ICONA Avalon. Book Online or by Phone: (609) 368-5155 […]

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Democrats Take PA House Majority For First Time Since 2010

This past week, the Democrats won three special elections that were conducted for the purpose of filling vacant House seats. Although the outcome was expected (all the seats were in heavily Democratic parts of Allegheny County) the results were significant in that for the first time in 12 years, the Democrats control the state House. […]

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PA LIHEAP Supplement & Crisis Maximum Increased Mid-Season

On September 29, 2022, the federal government appropriated an additional $1 billion in supplemental LIHEAP funding through a Continuing Resolution (Sec. 146, Pub. L. 117-58). On November 2, 2022, PA Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that Pennsylvania would receive approximately $38 million in additional funds through this supplemental appropriation. These supplemental funds were not […]

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Feedback Requested: Hazmat Endorsement Renewal Delays

Feedback Requested: Hazmat Endorsement Renewal Delays The PPA has received reports from multiple companies in the past 6 months indicating a prolonged wait period for HME Threat Assessment Program approval. Since PennDOT administers its own HME testing program rather than relying on TSA federal processing center, PennDOT is responsible for notifying the driver (as defined […]

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EMA Opposes Proposed FMCSA Rule Making That Restrict State Hours Of Service Waivers

Last Monday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) submitted comments regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed rule that would severely limit the authority of state governors to waive federal motor carrier safety hours of service (HOS) regulations during a declared state of emergency. The proposed rule would limit both the scope of […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update: Small Refinery Exemptions, Year-Round E15

For the second straight week, U.S. House Republicans held hearings designed to question Biden Administration activities and advanced Congressional Review Act (CRA) actions – a vehicle for lawmakers to undo recent agency rulemaking through a simple majority vote. EMA was asked to comment on House Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Congressman David […]

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New Employment Laws From The Federal Omnibus Spending Bill

With the text of the final bill clocking in at over 1,600 pages, it is no wonder that some items that made their way into the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act (aka the omnibus spending bill) that was signed into law at the end of 2022 have gotten less attention than others. Small businesses should be […]

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SEC Considering Easing Proposed Climate Related Risks Disclosures

In a sign that some of the aggressive Republican pushback is working, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is considering easing a proposed rule that would compel companies to disclose climate-related risks. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the SEC is reconsidering just how stringent the reporting requirement will be. The final version of […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Gov. Shapiro — MCall – Paul Muschick: Gov. Shapiro’s Plan To Make Govt. More Accountable Is A Model For Others — Post-Gazette Editorial: A Bureaucratic Reform Could Transform PA Government — Spotlight PA: Tracking […]

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PPA Welcomes Four New Members In January

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in January Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. — X-Press Energy (Phoenixville, PA) Retail Convenience Store […]

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Gov. Shapiro Issues Order Directing Agencies To Set Deadlines For Permit Reviews, Requires Money-Back Guarantee If Deadlines Not Met

On January 31, Gov. Josh Shapiro signed Executive Order 2023-07 to improve the Commonwealth’s licensing, permitting, and certification processes, beginning a comprehensive review of how long it takes agencies to process applications and how workers and businesses apply online. The Executive Order will help to establish a date-certain for each license, permit, or certificate by […]

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Postponed: PennDOT National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Applications

On February 3, the Department of Transportation announced it has postponed the opening of the grant application period for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Program.  It was to have started February 24. PennDOT is postponing the application period until the release of the Federal Highway Administration’s final rulemaking setting minimums standards and requirements for […]

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PPA: Oppose EPA Effort To Limit Biodiesel Use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule to limit biodiesel blends under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) to 20 percent. This would penalize higher blends of renewable fuels in home heating oil, make fuel dealers less competitive, and undermine state efforts to reduce emissions in the building sector. Send a letter to the […]

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Congressional Update: Supply Chain; Petroleum Reserve; Protecting Gas Stoves

Now that U.S. House and Senate Committee assignments are largely completed (more on this later), Congressional hearing activity formally kicked off last week. Supply Chain In the House, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held its first hearing on “the State of Transportation Infrastructure and Supply Chain Challenges.” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) voiced concern about the […]

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FMCSA: Positive Drug Tests For Marijuana Among CDL Drivers Increase 32% In 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new report this week finding marijuana at the top of the list of drugs most frequently detected during driver drug and alcohol testing over the past year. Nearly 41,000 truck drivers tested positive for marijuana in 2022. This represents an increase of 32% over positive marijuana […]

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EMA Asks FMCSA To Extend Comment Period On Proposed Rule To Restrict Duration, Scope Of State HOS Waivers

Last week, EMA sent a letter to the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requesting an extension of the public comment period deadline for a proposed rule that would severely limit the authority of state governors to waive federal motor carrier safety regulations during a declared emergency. The proposed rule would limit […]

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In Memoriam: Bruce Bott, Sr., Founder Of ADD Systems

It is with great sadness that PPA announces the passing of Bruce Bott, Sr., founder of ADD Systems and long-time strong industry supporter. Bruce’s Life Celebration will include a visitation on Monday, February 6, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester, NJ. On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Gov. Shapiro — Gov. Shapiro Issues Order Directing Agencies To Set Deadlines For Permit Reviews, Requires Money-Back Guarantee If Deadlines Not Met  [PaEN] — PennLive – Jan Murphy: Shapiro Offers A Money-Back Guarantee On PA’s Licensing And Permitting Process — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Launches Review […]

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PA House Republicans Name Oil & Gas Advocate Rep. Martin Causer Chair Of House Environmental Committee

On January 26, House Republican leader Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) announced the appointment of Republican Committee Chairs— Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron) was named Republican Chair of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “Now more than ever, Pennsylvania’s role as an energy producer is vital to the future of our Commonwealth and our nation,” Rep. […]

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Participate On A PPA Committee In 2023

We encourage you to participate in a committee this year. Your voice will help shape the direction of the association on important topics and initiatives. Committees include: Convention, Education, Heating Fuels, Motor Fuel & C-Store, New Generation, Political Action and Propane. Click Here to view the objectives of each committee, meeting dates and to join. […]

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2023 PPA Webinar Series Resumes February 2, View Upcoming Schedule

Take advantage of these free webinars hosted by the PPA in the upcoming months. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business– — February 2: PA Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Program Overview – What It Takes To Win An EV Infrastructure Grant by ChargePoint.  9:00 […]

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D.C. Capitol Hill Update: Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Supply Chain, EV Credits, ESG Policies

Last week, Congressional House Republicans moved forward with priority policies – notably legislation that would limit the President’s authority to release oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The legislation, which is being debated on the House floor, would require a plan for increasing drilling leases on federal land before more SPR releases. Rep. Josh […]

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OSHA’s Workplace Injury And Illness Reporting Rule Begins On February 1

The 2022 posting cycle for OSHA’s workplace injury and illness reporting rule begins on February 1, 2023 and runs through April 30. The OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements generally apply to businesses with more than full time 10 employees or the hourly equivalent. However, certain businesses such as gasoline stations are exempt […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Gov. Shapiro — Gov. Shapiro Signs Executive Order Creating New Office To Implement Economic Development Projects,, Create Jobs, Foster Innovation, With A Special Focus On Disadvantaged And Underserved Communities — Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: How Josh Shapiro Expanded His Base, How He Plans To Lead […]

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PPATEC Completes Expansion Of Training Facility

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association announced the completion of the most recent phase of the planned expansion of its training center in Middletown. The expansion brings the total floorplan to more than 4,000 square feet dedicated to HVAC and energy training programs. PPA operates the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC) which offers leading hands-on […]

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2023 Eastern Energy Expo To Be Held In Atlantic City May 21-24

The Eastern Energy Expo will return to the Mid-Atlantic region for the first time in four years! Join us for EEE 2023 in Atlantic City for the premier trade show bringing together the energy and comfort industry. Exhibit space is already more than 80% sold out! Attendee registration and the complete schedule of events will […]

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Senate Republicans Urge Governor Shapiro To Block RGGI 

One of the first issues that the Shapiro Administration will face is the Regional Greenhouse Gas House Initiative (RGGI). This cap and trade program was the centerpiece of Governor Wolf’s environmental policy that was adopted last year by regulation over the strong objections of the legislature. The regulation is currently tied up in a court […]

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Inside The Washington, D.C. Beltway Update

On Wednesday, Energy Secretary Granholm sent a letter to Congressional House Republicans warning them that limiting President Joe Biden’s authority to tap the nation’s oil reserves would undermine national security, cause crude oil shortages and raise gasoline prices. The Strategic Production Response Act was introduced earlier this month by U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee […]

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FMCSA Proposes New Emergency Declaration Restrictions Limiting Scope, Duration Of Regulatory Waivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to significantly narrow the scope of regulatory exemptions available to CDL drivers during a declared emergency as well as the length of time those regulations are waived. The proposed rule is important to energy marketers because it could hinder the ability to adequately maintain fuel supply […]

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Annual EPCRA Tier II Reports Due March 1st

The Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. EPCRA requires facilities to report each year on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals (including petroleum products) during the previous calendar year. Typically, Tier II reports are filed with the state or […]

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Reminder: The Economic Census Begins Jan. 31 And Responses Are Required by Law

The 2022 Economic Census, the U.S. Census Bureau’s official measure of American business, begins mailing out to selected companies on January 31st. Data provided by businesses fuels the most comprehensive economic statistics available. If you receive an official Economic Census letter, a response is due March 15th and is required by law. TAP HERE for […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– March 7– Governor’s Budget Address — Gov. Shapiro — Gov. Shapiro Formally Submits Cabinet Nominations To Senate For Their ‘Advice & Consent’ — Gov. Shapiro Formally Nominates Michelle Henry To Serve As Attorney General — Spotlight PA: Democrat Josh Shapiro Sworn In As PA’s 48th Governor […]

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State Senate Passes Bill To Reverse 2023 Gas & Diesel Tax Increase

The state Senate passed a bill (Senate Bill 35) this past week that is intended to roll back the motor fuel tax increase that took effect on January 1, 2023. That increase was the result of the significant rise in the average wholesale price for the previous year as calculated in the oil franchise tax […]

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Rich Negrin Nominated For Secretary Of PA Department of Environmental Protection

With his Inauguration set for this Tuesday, Governor-elect Josh Shapiro has announced several of his proposed Cabinet secretaries. One announcement that has gotten a lot of attention from PPA and other groups in the energy sector is that of the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Shapiro has selected Rich Negrin, who is […]

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Take Advantage Of These Free PPA Webinars On Important Issues

Take advantage of these free webinars hosted by the PPA in the upcoming months. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business– — February 2: PA Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Program Overview – What It Takes To Win An EV Infrastructure Grant by ChargePoint.  9:00 […]

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Uncertainty Still Exists Within PA House Of Representatives

Confusion continues to reign in the state House regarding which party will control that body for the two-year session. The November elections resulted in the Democrats having on paper 102 seats (a majority of the 203 body) but one of those seats included a Democrat in Allegheny County that had died a couple weeks before […]

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Capitol Hill Update: U.S. House Starts To Do Business

After an eventful first week of the 118th Congress, House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the next Speaker of the House. As part of the negotiations, Speaker McCarthy agreed to certain concessions to secure the votes of more conservative members – including an agreement to place more of the conservative block on key committees. […]

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Random Federal Drug And Alcohol Testing Rates For 2023

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the annual minimum employee random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2023. The test rates are the minimum percentage of employees subject to U.S. DOT drug and alcohol requirements who must undergo a random test during the 2023 calendar year. The number of random drug tests […]

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National Conference Of Weights And Measures Annual Meeting Update

The National Conference of Weights and Measures interim meeting in Savannah, Georgia discussed issues related to hydrogen fueling, biodiesel and renewal diesel definitions and labeling, and gasoline product transfer documentation. For hydrogen fueling, a proposal is being considered that would require gaseous hydrogen dispensers have a 5-micron or smaller nominal pore-sized filter to protect the […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– January 17– Inauguration Day For Gov.-Elect Shapiro, Lt. Gov-Elect Davis — Governor’s Transition — Post-Gazette: Josh Shapiro Is About To Become PA Governor, This Could Be His First Big Test — Gov.-Elect Shapiro To Nominate Rich Negrin For DEP, Retain Cindy Dunn At DCNR and Russell […]

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Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming 2023 PPA Events

Mark your 2023 calendar with these upcoming PPA membership events– — April 5: Shoot For Scholarships, Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay, PA: Benefitting Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation — May 21-24: Eastern Energy Expo, Atlantic City Convention Center: Exhibitor Space & Sponsorships Available — June 11-13: PPA Summer Leadership Conference, ICONA Avalon, Avalon NJ — […]

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IRS Information On Tax Credit For HVAC Upgrades Effective Jan. 1 Now Available

The federal Internal Revenue Service has published guidance on home efficiency tax credits offered under the Inflation Reduction Act. These federal credits are available for qualified HVAC systems and building envelope components placed into service beginning this Sunday, January 1, 2023. This includes a $600 credit for oilheat appliances that meet 2021 Energy Star® criteria […]

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PPA Welcomes Five New Members In December

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in December Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. RE Baker & Sons (Clarendon, PA) Retail Convenience […]

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Capitol Hill Update: Congressional Republicans Elect A Speaker

The start of the 118th Congress has yet to happen. On Tuesday, House members returned to DC to vote on the Speaker of the House and officially kickoff the new Congress. A group of 18-20 House Republicans voted against Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), stating a desire for more aggressive fiscal and oversight policies. After 15 […]

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IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates For 2023

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2023 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: — 65.5 cents […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — January 17 – Gov.-elect Shapiro, Lt. Gov-elect Davis Inauguration — Governor’s Transition — Spotlight PA: Shapiro Taps Republican Al Schmidt To Be PA’s Top Election Official — AP: Ex-Philadelphia Elections Official Picked For Key State Elections Post — Erie Times: How The New Governor’s Choices […]

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PPA – 2022 Year In Review

As the year comes to an end, we would like to express what an honor and privilege it is to represent the 400+ member companies who support our association. Your membership has a direct impact on our ability to advocate, educate, and inform on behalf of the industry. Thank you for continuing to allow the […]

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PPA Participating In PUC Work Group On EV Rate Design

The PPA will be participating in a committee formed by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to examine the issue of what rate structures the Commission should consider addressing the growth in the use of electric vehicles in the state. The Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Rate Design Working Group will have its first meeting on January […]

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State Capital Update & Unknowns Entering In 2023

As of this writing, controversy is still swirling in the state House as to which party will control, by the narrowest of margins, that chamber (and for how long into the 2023-2024 legislative session). Possible scenarios include the Republicans to have majority control until special elections are held for open seats in either February or […]

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Reminder: Federal Superfund Tax Effective Jan. 1

The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 reimposes the long-expired Superfund excise tax on crude oil at the rate of 16.4 cents per barrel beginning January 1, 2023. EMA is receiving inquiries about how the Superfund tax will affect downstream energy marketers and tax-exempt purchasers (state and local governments, etc.). First and foremost, refiners are […]

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Reminder: New PA Oil Franchise Tax Rates Effective Jan. 1

Please review this Special Bulletin PPA sent to members December 9 on the new  2023 Oil Company Franchise Tax and Alternative Fuels Tax Rates effective January 1, 2023. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue published notice in the December 10 Pennsylvania Bulletin of the new 2023 Oil Company Franchise Tax and Alternative Fuels Tax Rates– — […]

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New York State Adopts One Of The Most Aggressive Climate Plan’s In The Country

On December 19, 2022, the New York State Climate Action Council (CAC) approved a Final Scoping Plan (FSP) that contains its recommendations on how the state should achieve the various greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets contained in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The massive 445 page document comes after three years of […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — January 3 – Senate, House Begin 2023-24 Legislative Session — January 17 – Gov.-elect Shapiro, Lt. Gov-elect Davis Inauguration — Governor’s Transition — Inquirer: Shapiro Is Aiming For A Reset With PA Republican Legislators As He Prepares To Become Governor — PennLive – John Baer: […]

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Hours Of Service Waiver Issued For Heating Fuels Through Jan. 6

On December 22, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency covering Pennsylvania and other states. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from certain regulatory requirements in Part 395 of the Federal Motor […]

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Congress Approves Omnibus FY2023 Spending Bill, Includes LIHEAP Increase

On December 23, Congress gave final approval to a $1.7 trillion spending bill which would fund the government through the end of FY 2023 (September 30, 2023). This is the final legislative item before lawmakers leave town for the holidays and mark an end to the 117th Congress. Of significance for energy marketers, the bill […]

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EMA Comments On HAZMAT Registration And Fee Assessment Program

Last Wednesday, EMA submitted comments on the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding potential changes to the hazardous materials registration and fee assessment program. EMA opposed any fee increase on small business registrants. The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 authorized PHMSA to […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Transition — Spotlight PA: What Shapiro’s Transition Team Says About How He’ll Govern, And What Some Picks Are Raising Eyebrows — PA Capital-Star Guest Essay: The Best And Worst Of Times – A Tale Of Two PA Transitions– Governor, State House — Inquirer Guest […]

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HYPERFUELS Selected To Provide Gulf-Branded Lubricants For The GT40 Models

HYPERFUELS announced it is the preferred supplier of Gulf-branded lubricants and fluids for the Superformance GT40 rollers. All five models of the Superformance GT40 line will have the GulfTec® motor oil and Gulf Gold antifreeze available.  Superformance chief Lance Stander said, “Superformance has distributed specially constructed cars in the United States since 1994. As one […]

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PPA Names Don Mumma Director Of Training & Workforce Development

The PA Petroleum Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Don Mumma as the association’s new Director of Training and Workforce Development. PPA also operates PPATEC which offers leading hands-on technical training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry. In his new position, Mumma will be responsible for directing the design, planning, and implementation […]

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PPA Board of Directors Adopts Renewable Liquid Fuel Policymaking MOU

The following Renewable Liquid Fuel Policymaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was unanimously approved by the PPA Board of Directors at the December 7, 2022 meeting. This policy framework will act as a guiding principle for the association to pursue moving forward within the heating sector. A background on the membership approval process can be found […]

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AG Shapiro: Announces $38 Million Settlement With JUUL For Targeting PA Youth

On December 12, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a $38.8 million settlement with JUUL Labs, Inc. for violating Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and jeopardizing the health of Pennsylvanians, in particular the young people that JUUL targeted with their products. “JUUL knowingly targeted young people with tactics similar to the tobacco companies’ […]

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UL Liquid Fuel Burner Safety Standard Amended To Include Biodiesel Blends Up To B100

On November 14, 2022 an update to the standard UL 296 was published by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) which expands its scope to include liquid-fuel-fired burners intended for use with biodiesel blends of 20% to 100% (B20-B100) with heating oil. UL296 is the standard developed by Underwriters Laboratories for safety testing of liquid-fuel-fired burners. Prior to […]

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New $600 Federal Tax Credit For B20 Compatible Furnaces, Boilers Available To Homeowners Beginning Jan. 1, 2023

The recently passed federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) includes a provision to incentivize the efficiency of heating oil equipment while increasing the amount of biodiesel blended into the fuel. Under the IRA, homeowners are eligible for tax credits of $600 for installation of new oil/biofuel blend-compatible heating appliances. The credit is available to homeowners on […]

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Reminder: Federal Superfund Tax On Crude Oil Begins January 1, 2023

The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 reimposes the long-expired Superfund excise tax on crude oil at the rate of 16.4 cents per barrel beginning January 1, 2023. EMA is receiving inquiries about how the Superfund tax will affect downstream energy marketers and tax-exempt purchasers (state and local governments, etc.). First and foremost, refiners are […]

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EMA Files Amicus Brief Challenging NHTSA’s Fuel Economy Standards

On December 1, 2022, an amicus brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on behalf of EMA and other associations challenging NHTSA’s fuel-economy standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks. The standards will require automobile manufacturers to obtain a fleet-wide average of 49 miles per gallon for model-year 2026, a […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Transition — AP: Shapiro’s Bipartisanship Talk Welcome In Fight-Weary State Capitol — PennLive: Gov.-Elect Josh Shapiro To Hold Inauguration Celebration At Rock Lititz, Lancaster County — Inquirer Column: Will Shapiro Do To PA’s Pension Billions What He Did In Montgomery County? — PA Senate/House […]

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PA Sets 2023 Oil Franchise Tax Rates

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue published notice in the December 10 Pennsylvania Bulletin of the 2023 Oil Company Franchise Tax and Alternative Fuels Tax Rates– The 2023 rates are– gasoline – 61.1 cents; diesel fuel – 78.5 cents Click Here to read the entire 2023 notice for more information on all rates. The 2022 rates […]

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PA DEP Invites Comments On Underground Storage Tank Closure Guidance

The Department of Environmental Protection has significantly revised its Closure Requirements for Underground Storage Tank Systems guidance document and is now inviting comments on those changes.  (formal notice) These procedures included in the guidance cover closure notification, tank handling, waste management and disposal, site assessment, sampling requirements, analytical requirements, release reporting and recordkeeping. Comments are […]

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PPA Welcomes Two New Members In November

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in November. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores.      N/A in November Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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EMA Sends Letter To Congressional Leadership On E15

Last week, the Energy Marketers of America sent a letter to Congressional leadership regarding the “Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022,” (S. 5145) that would allow E15 to be sold throughout the year. The legislation was endorsed by the American Petroleum Institute, NACS, NATSO, SIGMA and several agriculture associations including Growth Energy and […]

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EMA Files Amicus Brief Challenging NHTSA’s Fuel Economy Standards

On December 1, 2022, an amicus brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. on behalf of EMA and other associations challenging NHTSA’s fuel-economy standards for passenger cars and light-duty trucks. The standards will require automobile manufacturers to obtain a fleet-wide average of 49 miles per gallon for model-year 2026, a […]

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EMA Submits Comments On Federal Joint Employer Proposed Rule

Last week, EMA submitted comments on the National Labor Relations Board’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status. EMA urged the Board to withdraw its NPRM, because the proposed definition is too broad and too vague to be workable in practice, including for the energy marketing companies. EMA argued that […]

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Congressional Update: Lame Duck Session

On Friday, Arizona U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema says she is switching her party affiliation from Democratic to Independent. Sen. Sinema says she will not caucus with Republicans but believes the broken partisan system in Washington does not serve Arizonans well. Senator Sinema’s decision allows Democrats to maintain a 50-seat majority but creates additional challenges for […]

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U.S. House Bill Would Block SEC From Requiring Companies To Disclose ESG Plans

Last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), introduced The Mandatory Materiality Requirement Act of 2022, a companion bill to the one introduced in September by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD). The bills would block the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring additional disclosures from public companies, including the SEC’s proposed […]

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Tax Foundation Releases Study On State Tobacco Taxes

Last week, the Tax Foundation confirmed in a study that excessive tax rates on cigarettes encourage substantial black and gray market movement of tobacco products into high-tax states from low-tax states or foreign sources. Click Here to read the details. TAP HERE for all articles in December 12 EXPRESS Update

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– Transition – Governor — AP: Shapiro Taps Longtime Aides For Top Jobs In Governor’s Office — PennLive – Charles Thompson: Gov.-Elect Shapiro Choses Jennifer Selber, AG Crime Staffer, As General Counsel — Spotlight PA – Stephen Caruso: Shapiro Names Uri Monson, Budget Secretary, Larry Hailsham Executive […]

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Incoming Shapiro-Davis Administration Names Members Of Environment/Energy Transition Advisory Committee

On December 2, Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Austin Davis announced the members of seven Transition Advisory Committees, which will advise the incoming Administration and prepare to advance Governor-Elect Shapiro’s top priorities: growing our economy, making our communities safer, and ensuring all Pennsylvania students receive a high-quality education. The Transition Advisory Committees include Economic […]

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PA DEP Launches $12.7 Million Initiative To Electrify Truck Fleets; Awards $1.7 Million In Grants

On December 1, the Department of Environmental Protection launched “Electrifying Truck Fleets for Cleaner Air in Our Communities,” a $12.7 million Driving PA Forward initiative to improve air quality by supporting local freight truck electrification. Projects serving environmental justice areas, high traffic density areas, and Act 47 financially distressed municipalities are a top priority for […]

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EPA Establishes RFS Blending Mandates For 2023, 2024 And 2025

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rulemaking that sets volumetric blending mandates for 2023, 2024 and 2025 under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The proposed rulemaking marks the first time the EPA is authorized to set its own blending mandates since the statutory volumes set by Congress under the Energy Independence and Security […]

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Federal Legislation Introduced To Allow Higher Ethanol Blends To Be Sold Year-Round

Last week, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the “Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022,” which would allow the year-round nationwide sale of ethanol blends higher than E10. Additional cosponsors of the bill include U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Thune (R-SD), Sherrod Brown […]

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FMCSA Extends Waiver Lifting Certain CDL Licensing Restrictions For States

On December 2, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a waiver extension that removes time consuming regulatory barriers that slow the process for Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) holders to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The two-part waiver gives temporary relief from certain CDL driver skills test requirements. According to the FMCSA, the […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update: Railroad Strike, Govt. Funding Bill

Last Thursday, the U.S. House and Senate approved legislation that would force a deal between Class I freight railroads and unions, blocking a potential strike that threatened travel and national supply chains. The legislation now goes to President Biden for signature. A deal between all 12 railroad unions and railroads, either by ratification of an […]

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Guttman Energy, Guttman Renewables, Source One Transportation Announce Transition To Employee Ownership

On November 30, Guttman Energy, one of the region’s largest private companies with approximately $4 billion in total revenue, Guttman Renewables and Source One Transportation, have now become employee-owned companies, united in a newly formed Company – Guttman Holdings. The companies within this new Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) will continue to market under their […]

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American Express Now Offering Utility Rates For Energy Marketers

American Express recently announced changes to their OptBlue program, including price changes and volume increases for Energy Marketers. For Marketers set up correctly under this program, American Express transactions will enjoy an Interchange rate of $0.75 on transactions below $1,000 and 1.5% on sales $1,000 and greater. These changes offer an opportunity to now have […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — PennLive – Jan Murphy: Pennsylvania Society Weekend Stages A Comeback In NYC — Inquirer: At Pennsylvania Society, Jockeying For 2024 Race For State Attorney General — Governor’s Transition — City & State PA: Shapiro To Be Sworn In As Next Governor Jan. 17 — Shapiro-Davis […]

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Update On The State Legislature

The State Capitol continues to reverberate from the results of the General Election. Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro has named his transition team, which will assist in the naming of a cabinet and the organization of the new administration. The state Senate, in Republican control with a 28-21 majority, elected Senator Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) as the first […]

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Groups Urge Congress For Permanent E15 Year-Round Waiver

Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Petroleum Institute, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Growth Energy, NACS, National Corn Growers Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, NATSO, Renewable Fuels Association and SIGMA sent a letter in support of a permanent E15 year-round waiver legislative fix. The groups prefer a […]

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Reminder: Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

EMA is anticipating Congress will consider additional LIHEAP appropriations before the end of the year. We ask you and your employees to TAKE ACTION NOW in expressing the need for additional LIHEAP funding for the 2022 – 2023 heating season. TAP HERE for all articles in November 28 EXPRESS Update

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Employers Must Switch To All Electronic Inquiries For Driver Preemployment Drug And Alcohol Violation Investigations Beginning Jan. 6, 2023

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires prospective employers of CDL drivers to conduct background investigations before hiring a CDL driver. This process includes determining if the driver has violated U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulations within the past three years. Currently, this inquiry requires prospective employers to conduct both electronic queries […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Transition – Governor — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Transition Team Pulls In Experience From Democratic And Republican Administrations — Politics PA: Shapiro-Davis Administration Announce Transition Leadership Groups — MCall – Ford Turner: PA Property Tax Relief Supporters Have New Friend In Gov.-Elect Shapiro — Spotlight PA: How Democrat Josh Shapiro […]

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Federal Superfund Tax On Crude Oil Begins January 1, 2023

The federal Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 reimposes the long-expired Superfund excise tax on crude oil at the rate of 16.4 cents per barrel beginning January 1, 2023. EMA is receiving inquiries about how the Superfund tax will affect downstream energy marketers and tax-exempt purchasers (state and local governments, etc.). First and foremost, refiners are […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update

Republicans have won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections. While the final margin of House control remains undecided due to close races in California and Colorado, Republicans are projected to hold between 219 and 223 seats in the next Congress. Meanwhile, Democrats have retained control of the U.S. Senate. […]

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PPA Joins Other PA Retail Associations To Urge Congress To Pass Credit Card Competition Act

The PPA recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, and the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania to encourage Congress to pass the Credit Card Competition Act. This legislation is currently before the House and Senate. It would reduce credit card processing fees, […]

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Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

Recently, EMA sent a letter to the White House urging the Administration to address the negative impact of low heating oil supply that is already being felt by residential consumers and heating oil dealers. To address this challenge, EMA requested that the Administration immediately take the following steps: –Issue an immediate hours of service waiver […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Transition — AP: Gov.-Elect Shapiro Opens Transition, To Stay AG Until January — WITF: Gov.-Elect Shapiro Lays Out Transition Plans, Policy Goals In First Press Appearance — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro, Davis Vow To Build An Administration That ‘Looks Like Pennsylvania’ — City & State […]

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2022 General Election Recap & Industry Impact

As of November 13, 2022 the votes from the General Election continue to be counted in Pennsylvania and some other states across the country. Below is a breakdown of what is clear at this point and what remains unclear. Determined — Governor: Josh Shapiro will be the 48th Governor of Pennsylvania. — State Senate: Half […]

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Media Coverage Highlights PPATEC’s Efforts To Bring Veterans Into Our Industry

PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) offered its first 10-Week HVAC & Energy Professional Program in July 2022. This program was the result of a multi-year effort that included a building expansion, Pennsylvania Department of Education certification, and Veteran Affairs approval. The PPA pursued this workforce development initiative in direct response to the challenges […]

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Employers Must Switch To All Electronic Inquiries for Driver Preemployment Drug & Alcohol Violation Investigations Beginning Jan. 6, 2023

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires prospective employers of CDL drivers to conduct background investigations before hiring a CDL driver. This process includes determining if the driver has violated U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol regulations within the past three years. Currently, this inquiry requires prospective employers to conduct both electronic queries […]

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TSA Announces Fee Reduction For Hazmat Endorsements And TWIC

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reduced the online renewal enrollment fee for transportation workers who possess a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) as well as the enrollment fee for Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) and TWIC applicants who maintain an existing Security Threat Assessment (STA) for the comparable program. TSA uses biographic and biometric information […]

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Washington D.C. Capitol Hill Update

Republicans appear to have won a narrow U.S. House of Representatives majority in the 2022 midterm elections, while final control of the U.S. Senate remains undecided. Nevertheless, neither party will hold a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate, which is needed to overcome a filibuster. Given slight majorities in both chambers, nothing significant will become law […]

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Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

Congress may consider additional LIHEAP appropriations before the end of the year.   We ask you and your employees to TAKE ACTION NOW in expressing the need for additional LIHEAP funding for the 2022 – 2023 heating season.             Urge Congress To Act Now! Click Here to send a message to your member of Congress. TAP […]

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In Memoriam: John White III, Taco Comfort Solutions

The White family and Taco Comfort Solutions, based in Cranston, Rhode Island, announced the sudden passing of John Hazen White III, 35, on November 3. He began his career with Taco during his high school years, starting in maintenance and working his way through many departments to his most recent position as Senior Vice President […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — PA Dept. Of State Unofficial Election Returns webpage — New Senate/House Voting Districts — PennLive – Charles Thompson: Democrats And Republicans Say New Voting Districts Had Lots To Do With State House Outcomes — Governor’s Race — PennLive: Gov.-Elect Shapiro Vows To Be ‘A Governor […]

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Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding

Congress may consider additional LIHEAP appropriations before the end of the year.   We ask you and your employees to TAKE ACTION NOW in expressing the need for additional LIHEAP funding for the 2022 – 2023 heating season.             Urge Congress To Act Now! Click Here to send a message to your member of Congress. More […]

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Reminder: Nov. 8 Webinar On Winter Weather Preparedness & Transportation Resources

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is partnering with PA Emergency Management Agency, PA State Police, and PA Department of Transportation to host an industry specific webinar on November 8 at 10:00 a.m. for deliverable fuel marketers. The webinar will also include a 2022-2023 winter forecast outlook from Pennsylvania State Meteorologist Jeff Jumper. The presentation will include– […]

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PPA Welcomes Four New Members in October

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in October. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. –Panco Petroleum Company (Stony Point, NY) Retail Convenience […]

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PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Now Accepting Applications

On October 31, the Department of Human Services and Public Utility Commission announced the start of the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2022-23 season– from November 1, 2022, to April 28, 2023. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by DHS that provides assistance for home heating bills so […]

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EPA Awards $34.6 Million In Clean School Bus Grants To PA School Districts

On October 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program rebate competition awarded nearly $34,610,000 from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 11 school districts in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania school districts include– –– Bradford County: Troy Area School District, Rohrer Enterprises Inc., $2.76 million for seven buses — Dauphin County: Halifax Area School […]

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Urge The President To Deny The California Car Mandate

Recently, 158 lawmakers sent a letter to the President urging him to reject California’s forthcoming request for a waiver that would require 35 percent of all new light-duty vehicle sales to be electrified by 2026, followed by a 100 percent requirement by 2035. This means that by 2035, automakers would be prohibited from selling new […]

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Federal GAO Determines Small Refiners Pay More To Comply With The RFS

Last week, the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that smaller oil refiners pay more for credits to comply with biofuel blending requirements than do larger integrated oil companies. According to GAO, from 2013 to 2021, companies that tended to trade lower quantities of RINs, often smaller refiners, were either paying more to buy RINs […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — PA Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects PA House Republican Claim Legislative Voting Districts Are Racially Gerrymandered  — Governor’s Race — AP: University Reviews New Allegations Of Academic Fraud By Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano — Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial […]

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PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Will Begin Accepting Applications Nov. 1

On Monday, October 31, the Department of Human Services will announce the PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for 2022-23 cash and crisis grants on November 1 through April 28.             PPA will have more details, but DHS will be updating their PA Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) webpage […]

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National Fire Protection Association Meets On EV Charging At Gas Stations

The National Fire Protection Association 30A Technical Committee met in St Louis last week to address public comments on the proposed revisions to the code. An entire day was devoted to addressing the proposed Chapter 15 dealing with EV Charging at a gas station. Based on comments received during the public comment period, several revisions […]

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EMA Urges White House To Address Home Heating Oil Supply Issues

Last Thursday, EMA sent a letter to the White House urging the Administration to address the negative impact of low heating oil supply that is already being felt by residential consumers and heating oil dealers. To address this challenge, EMA requested that the Administration immediately take the following steps: — Issue an immediate hours of […]

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Please Submit Responses To EMA’s Bulk Plant Vapor Recovery Survey By Nov. 4

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require vapor balancing equipment at any bulk plant with gasoline storage tanks. Under the proposal, any bulk plant with a maximum daily design throughput capacity of 4,000 gallons or more of gasoline would require vapor recovery for loading and unloading operations. In other words, the 4,000-gallon design […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Spotlight PA: How Redistricting Could Alter Control Of The Legislature And Other Changes To Watch Nov. 8 — Governor’s Race –WITF: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Wants To Use PA State Police To Bus Migrants To Delaware, Why […]

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Nov. 8 Webinar On Winter Weather Preparedness & Transportation Resources

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is partnering with PA Emergency Management Agency, PA State Police, and PA Department of Transportation to host an industry specific webinar on November 8 at 10:00 a.m. for deliverable fuel marketers. The webinar will also include a 2022-2023 winter forecast outlook from Pennsylvania State Meteorologist Jeff Jumper. The presentation will include– […]

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Reminder: EMA Bulk Plant Vapor Recovery Survey Due Nov. 4

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require vapor balancing equipment at any bulk plant with gasoline storage tanks. Under the proposal, any bulk plant with a maximum daily design throughput capacity of 4,000 gallons or more of gasoline would require vapor recovery for loading and unloading operations. In other words, the 4,000-gallon design […]

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Climate Change Liability Showdown Again Reaches U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the Biden administration to comment on a petition filed last week by Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil, asking the Court to overturn a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision from April that handed a procedural victory to the City of Baltimore in its climate liability lawsuit against the oil […]

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EMA Joins Petition To Delay EPA’s Permanent RVP Waiver In 7 Midwestern States

EMA last week joined the American and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association (AFPM) and ten additional state and national trade associations to petition the EPA to delay a permanent year-round waiver of the one-pound Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit on E10. The waiver was requested in a letter signed by eight Midwestern governor’s last April, including Nebraska, […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — PennLive: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Tells Right-Wing Media Network  The Prestigious Childrens’ Hospital Of Philadelphia Is ‘Grabbing Homeless Kids’ And Experimenting On Them With Gender Transitioning’ — Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Will Again Flirt With QAnon Crowd At Lancaster ReAwaken America […]

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PPA Elects Four New Directors at October 13 Annual Membership Meeting

The PPA is excited to announce Andy Bradigan (Bradigan’s Inc.), Chris Walton (Clyde S. Walton, Inc.) Jesse McNeely (Reitz Oil Company) Steve Ohl (R.F. Ohl) have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Their three-year Director term will become effective January 1, 2023.             The PPA would also like to recognize Karen Padula […]

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PennDOT Schedules Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Grant Workshops, Webinar

On October 12, the Department of Transportation will be holding a November 1 webinar and six more in-person workshops on resources now available to help businesses and organizations to prepare in advance of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement, which is anticipated for late December/early January. As part of the […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Labor Proposes New Independent Contractor Rules

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the text of its much-anticipated proposed rules on independent contractors. The proposal will be formally published in the Federal Register on October 13 and the comment period will be held open for 45 days. According to the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), of which EMA is a […]

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National Labor Relations Board Proposes New Joint Employer Rules

The Small Business Legislative Council reports in September, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed new rules for determining when businesses will be considered joint employers for the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Comments on the proposed rules are due November 7. The concept of joint employers and the determination of when […]

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U.S. EIA Projects Home Heating Costs Will Increase Most For Natural Gas – 28%, Heating Oil – 27%, Electricity – 10%, Propane 5% This Winter

On October 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Winter Fuels Outlook forecasting heating costs for homes that heat with natural gas will rise by 28%, heating oil by 27%, electricity by 10%, and propane 5% from October–March. Heating Oil According to the EIA, 4% of U.S. households (largely in the Northeast) use heating […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Post-Gazette: Celebrating The Life Of Dick Thornburgh: ‘A Yardstick Of Success’ — Governor’s Race — AP: 2 Decade-Old Campaign Spending Record Smashed In PA Governor’s Race — Spotlight PA: 4 Maps Show Where PA Candidates For Governor Are Getting Campaign Cash — TribLive Editorial: Out-Of-State […]

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Texas Gas Station Scores 650% Increase In Sales With Premium Ethanol-Free Gasoline Over Regular E85

FuelWise Convenience Store switched its E85 dispensers to a premium ethanol-free gasoline supplied by Hyperfuels and has increased its daily sales by 650% over E85 historical sales. Hyperfuels converted the E85 dispensers earlier in the year and started supplying the premium ethanol-free gas last month. Hyperfuels predicted a 300% increase in sales and actual results […]

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PPA Welcomes Six New Members In September

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in September. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in September Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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Recognizing August & September Advocacy Supports

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Edris would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in August and September. August & September POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA […]

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Reminder: USDA Offering $100 Million in Matching Funds for Installation of Higher Blend Ethanol and Biodiesel Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of approximately $100 million in competitive grants to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). A USDA representative attended the Energy Marketers of America’s fall meeting in Las Vegas last week to […]

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Federal Lawmakers Urge President Biden To Deny California Car Mandate

Thursday, 158 members of Congress sent a letter to the President urging him to reject California’s forthcoming request for a waiver that would require 35 percent of all new light-duty vehicle sales to be electrified by 2026, followed by a 100 percent requirement by 2035. This means that by 2035, automakers would be prohibited from […]

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Congressional Legislative Update: Clean Energy Tax Incentives, Biodiesel Tax Credit

Last week, U.S. Reps. Newman (D-IL) and Tenney (R-NY) officially introduced the Main Street Competes Act of 2022. This small business-focused bill empowers the Small Business Administration to have a role in studying and promoting competitive markets through federal antitrust law enforcement.             Clean Energy Tax Incentives On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury […]

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Fed Finalizes Routing Choice Requirements For Online Payments

Last week, the Federal Reserve Board finalized updates to the Board’s rule concerning debit card transactions. Pursuant to statute, the updates specify that debit card issuers should enable at least two payment card networks to process all debit card transactions, including “card-not-present” transactions, such as online payments. By law, the Board is required to make […]

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EMA Strongly Opposes Money Laundering ENABLERS Act

EMA joined 74 other groups in strong opposition to the EEstablishing New Authorities for Business Laundering and Enabling Risks to Security (ENABLERS) Act, which passed the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Act would require covered businesses, foundations, and charities to collect and report beneficial ownership information, report suspicious transactions, […]

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EMA Supports Global Energy Supply from Within U.S. Borders

Last week EMA submitted comments in support of the 2023-2028 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program and the 11 Proposed Program lease sales in the Proposed Final Program.  Federal lease sales will increase the global energy supply from within our own borders and reduce energy prices for families and businesses nationwide. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Post-Gazette: Thornburgh Memorial Service Set For Oct. 16 — Governor’s Race — Courier Times: Ex-President’s PAC Donates To PA Republican Candidates Who Pushed The ‘Big Lie,’ But Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Got Snubbed — Inquirer: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Has Fervent Base; Dr. Oz Trying […]

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PA DEP/U.S. EIA Weekly Heating Oil & Propane Price Survey Starts Week Oct. 3

On October 3, the Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Energy Information Administration will begin their weekly State Heating Oil and Propane Price Surveys. If you are part of the survey, you would have received a letter from the U.S. EIA this past summer explaining the survey. You will be contacted during the week (either […]

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FMCSA Issues Multi-State Hours Of Service Waiver In Response To Hurricane Ian

On Wednesday morning, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regional Hours of Service waiver for the following states due to Hurricane Ian: ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, KENTUCKY, MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TENNESSEE through October 28, 2022. This waiver covers all fuel deliveries in the states and jurisdictions listed because they support […]

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FHWA Approves Remaining 17 States For National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding

On Tuesday, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program for the remaining 17 states. With this approval, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have access to over $1.5 billion in funding under the NEVI program for […]

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Congress To Fund Federal Govt. Through Dec. 16;  LIHEAP Receives $1 Billion

Congress Friday approved a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 16 which will prevent a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins at midnight on Friday, September 30. The President is expected to sign the bill. In addition to federal disaster aid, the CR also includes $1 billion for the Low […]

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FDA Releases Tobacco Compliance Webinar

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products announced a new webinar to help retailers with tobacco appliance which provides a brief overview of the various resources available to retailers to prevent the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21. The webinar also covers recent updates to federal law […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Oct. 15:  A Celebration Of The Life And Legacy Of Dick Thornburgh, University Of Pittsburgh — Governor’s Race — Erie Times: Candidates For PA Governor, U.S. Senate Detail Energy Policies At Shale Gas Conference — Inquirer: As Campaign Struggles, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Plans ‘40 […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update: Budget, CDLs, Fuel Standards

The remaining session days in September of an election year are always interesting. The fall legislative calendar will focus on “must-do” legislation while Members of Congress make final attempts to advance priority legislation.             Budget Resolution As September draws to a close, all eyes are focused on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to avoid a government […]

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U.S. House Lawmakers Introduce The Credit Card Competition Act Of 2022

On Monday, Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation known as “The Credit Card Competition Act of 2022” which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the second […]

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NEFI To Host Oct. 11 USDA Webinar On Biofuel Grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold an exclusive webinar on how heating fuel distributors can apply for cost-sharing grants under the Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at Noon ET. The webinar will cover the application process and what kinds of infrastructure projects are eligible. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: Redrawn Senate, House Voting Districts Inject Uncertainty In Legislative Contests — Governor’s Race — WPost – George F. Will: Why PA Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Candidacy Presents A Special Danger To The Nation — WPost: Republicans In […]

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In Memoriam: Vincent E. Sweeney, President Sweeney Oil Company, Portage

With sadness, we report the passing of Vincent E. Sweeney, 65, President of Sweeney Oil Company in Portage, Cambria County, on September 22.             You may also know he did business as Ray Oil And Gas Company serving Cambria and Somerset counties. Vince was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and pool player. He belonged to […]

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Recognizing Inaugural PPATEC 10-Week HVAC & Energy Professional Program Graduates

On July 11, 2022 PPATEC launched our inaugural 10-Week HVAC & Energy Professional Program. This program was the result of a multi-year effort that included a building expansion, Pennsylvania Department of Education certification, and Veteran Affairs approval. Course curriculum for the 400-hour program includes electric, air conditioning, gas/oil heating, and propane training. The initial class […]

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TSA Grants Renewal Exemption For Truck Drivers With Hazardous Materials Endorsement

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will temporarily exempt the TSA Security Threat Assessment (STA) requirement for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders whose endorsements expired or will expire before the end of calendar year. The HME Threat Assessment Program conducts a threat assessment for any driver seeking to obtain, renew and transfer a hazardous materials endorsement […]

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PA Awarded $25.4 Million In Federal Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding

On September 14, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Pennsylvania was awarded $25.4 million to invest in clean transportation through the state’s plan for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure deployment under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. “Addressing the global threat of climate change is a top priority throughout my administration and it’s a priority that President Joe Biden […]

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USDA Webinar On Applying For Higher Blends Infrastructure Grants Available On Demand

The recent USDA webinar for companies interested in applying for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program Grants is now available on demand. The program seeks to encourage market higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by sharing the costs to build and retrofit biofuel-related infrastructure such as pumps, dispensers and storage tanks.             Click Here to register […]

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EMA Submits Comments On EPA Bulk Plant Vapor Recovery Proposed Rule

Last Monday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) submitted comments regarding EPA’s proposed revisions to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Gasoline Distribution facilities and the Standards of Performance for Bulk Gasoline Terminals. EPA’s proposed rule would require vapor balancing equipment both for delivering to a storage tank and loading a […]

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DHS, FBI & NSA Recommendations To Protect Your Company From Iranian Cyber Warfare

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the FBI, the National Security Agency (NSA), and others, released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) with details on protecting against cyber activity by “advanced persistent threat” (APT) actors affiliated with the Iranian Government’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The U.S. agencies assess that critical infrastructure sectors and organizations in […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Spotlight PA: PA Election 2022: Your Complete Guide To Candidates For Governor — Inquirer: New Poll Found Shapiro Has More Support, Stronger Public Image Than Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano — Politics PA: Trafalgar Poll: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. […]

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Roadside Inspections: Tips For Owners, Fleet Managers And Drivers

By Mark S. Morgan, EMA Regulatory Counsel Roadside inspections of drivers and vehicles can happen any time. Federal, state and local enforcement authorities are all authorized to stop and conduct roadside inspections. Sometimes the inspection will be limited to driver qualifications or a particular vehicle equipment system. Frequently, a more comprehensive inspection of both driver […]

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NLRB Proposes New Joint Employer Rule

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a proposed rule which would establish two or more employers as joint employers if they “share or codetermine” key employment conditions — such as pay, scheduling, workplace safety and employee discipline policies. That includes indirect and reserved authority over those terms and conditions. The latest NLRB […]

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U.S. Senator Warren, Rep Sherman Reintroduce The Nationwide Right To Unionize Act

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) reintroduced the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act, that would support the right to unionize by prohibiting states from banning union security agreements through “right-to-work” laws. Twenty-seven states have enacted “right-to-work” laws that prevent unions from collecting dues from non-union members who are covered […]

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Urge Your Members Of Congress To Cosponsor The Credit Card Competition Act

Last month, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act,” (S.4674) which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Spotlight PA: PA Lawmakers Spent At Least $3 Million Of Taxpayer Money On Private Lawyers, Experts During Redistricting Battle, Invoices Show — TribLive Editorial: House/Senate Redistricting Legal Bills Are Cost Of Putting Party Before People — Governor’s […]

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PPA Welcomes Ten New Members In August 

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in August Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. — Countryside Fuel (Myerstown, PA) Retail Convenience Store […]

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FMCSA Extends National HOS Waiver; Waiver Continues To Cover All Deliveries

Following EMA’s request, the FMCSA is expanding the current nationwide CDL driver hour of service (HOS) waiver (49 CFR 395.3) authorized under the March 13, 2020 presidential declaration of national emergency. The emergency declaration covers all deliveries of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethyl alcohol, heating oil, propane, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), and natural gas now […]

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2035 California Gas Vehicle Ban Impacts Other States

On August 25, the California Air Quality Board (CARB) adopted a regulation that will ban the sales of new gasoline powered cars and light trucks after 2035. This is a significant market impact due to the size of California’s motor vehicle market. It will force automakers to transition to electric vehicle manufacturing to meet the […]

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USDA To Hold Webinars On Applying For Higher Blends Infrastructure Grants

The USDA is hosting a series of webinars for potential applicants for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program Grants.  The program seeks to encourage market higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by sharing the costs to build and retrofit biofuel-related infrastructure such as pumps, dispensers and storage tanks. The next webinars will be held September 13, […]

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Member Feedback Requested: Renewable Liquid Fuel Policymaking Framework

In 2020, the PPA Board of Directors established a goal to reduce heating oil emissions over a 30-year period. A link to the PPA board resolution can be found here. This resolution did not define any specific policy actions for the PPA to formally pursue. In 2021, the PPA Heating Fuels created a subcommittee to […]

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PA DEP Announces Availability Of Consumer Rebates For Alternative Fuel Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection announced it is still accepting applications for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebates.  (formal notice) To qualify for the rebate, the AFV must be registered in this Commonwealth. The rebate will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which applications are received. The Program will run through the […]

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EMA Bulk Plant Vapor Recovery Survey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require vapor balance balancing equipment installed at bulk plant facilities with gasoline design capacity throughput of 4,000 gallons or more per day. The vapor balancing equipment would be required for tanks, loading racks and cargo tank vehicles loading and unloading at these facilities. EPA currently defines a […]

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Urge Lawmakers To Cosponsor “The Credit Card Competition Act”

Last month, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act,” (S.4674) which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — TribLive Editorial: There’s Still Real Work To Do Gov. Wolf — PennLive – Jan Murphy: Former Gov. Tom Ridge Reflects On Politics, Assault On U.S. Capitol, His Health — Governor’s Race — AP: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Sues U.S. House Committee Investigating Assault On U.S. […]

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Take The 2022 PPA Field Employee Wage & Benefit Survey

CDL drivers and HVAC technicians are some of the most valuable employees within your organization. The PPA is asking you to participate in our annual wage and benefit survey to provide better metrics for our industry. Survey responses are anonymous and limited to one per company. The deadline to complete the survey is September 28, […]

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California Adopts Gasoline Powered Vehicle Ban Starting 2035

On August 25, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a far-reaching plan to ban the sales of all new gasoline and diesel-powered cars, trucks and SUVs in the State by 2035. The ambitious regulations will likely reverberate throughout the country, as other states adopt similar bans and auto manufacturers move forward with their own […]

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USDA Announces Availability Of $100 Million In New Higher Blend Infrastructure Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of approximately $100 million in competitive grants to transportation fueling facilities for the installation and upgrade of equipment compatible with higher blend renewable fuels. The goal of HBIIP is to increase the market availability of higher blend biofuels. Under the HBIIP, funds will be awarded […]

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PPA Adds New Presentations To Monthly Webinar Series

Take advantage of free webinars hosted by the PPA in the upcoming months. Presenters include industry experts and government agency partners who cover a wide range of topics impacting your business. Here are some of the scheduled webinars– — August 30: Compliance Review Investigations & Hazardous Materials Requirements — September 13: Attract Veteran Candidates By […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — PennLive – Jan Murphy: Gov. Wolf’s Term Ending Soon But He Wants ‘To Go Through The Finish Line Running’ — Governor’s Race — Reuters: PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Posed In Confederate Uniform At Army War College — AP: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Wore Confederate […]

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PA DEP Suspending Certain Small Gasoline Tank Vapor Leak Monitoring

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the August 20 PA Bulletin suspending enforcement of vapor leak monitoring requirements for small gasoline storage tanks with Stage I vapor recovery systems in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh-Beaver regions. Section 129.61a of DEP’s regulations requires the owner or operator of certain gasoline storage tanks located at gasoline […]

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PPA’s 2022-23 Membership Directory Is Now Available!

The 2022-23 PPA Membership Directory is now available. Published annually, the Directory is an invaluable tool to those involved in Pennsylvania’s petroleum industry. The Directory is an integrated list of Active, Associate and PPATEC members, a Buyer’s Guide of suppliers, equipment manufacturers, local petroleum organizations, and includes a legislative section, all at your fingertips! Click […]

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Upcoming Nationwide Roadside Inspection & Enforcement Blitz Aug. 21-27 To Focus On Truck Brakes

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) selected August 21-27, 2022, as the dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle roadside inspection and enforcement blitz conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions across the United States. This event is important to energy marketers because brake-related violations comprise the largest […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Politics PA: New Poll – Fetterman, Shapiro Extend Leads — Inquirer: Democratic Candidate For Governor Shapiro’s New Ads Cites Republican Mastriano’s Ties To Antisemitic Content On Gab Online Social Media Site — Inquirer: Florida Governor Campaigning For Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano In […]

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PPA Partnering With FMCSA For Two August Webinars

The PPA is excited to host a two-part webinar series with the Pennsylvania Division of FMCSA/USDOT in August. This free educational opportunity is specifically focused towards energy marketers who haul hazardous materials. Please note these sessions will not be recorded due to FMCSA’s request. The only way to participate will be to attend the live […]

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EPA Extends Emergency RVP Waiver Permitting Summertime Sale Of E15 Nationwide

On August 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued another 20-day extension of the temporary emergency waiver effective August 9, 2022 that allows the nationwide sale of E15 during the summer driving season. Click Here for a copy of the extension. The EPA cites the “extreme and unusual” global fuel supply shortages caused by the […]

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U.S. House Passes Inflation Reduction Act Sending It To President Biden

On August 7, 2022, after a marathon all-night session, the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The final vote was 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie breaking vote. On August 12, the U.S. House passed the bill sending it to President Biden. The IRA – a climate, health, and tax-focused […]

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TSA Adopts New Online Renewal OPTION For TWIC Credential Holders

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it will now accept online renewals for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). CDL drivers with hazardous material endorsements must have TWIC credentials to obtain access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime port facilities and vessels. TWIC holders must renew their card every five years. TSA is adopting […]

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Call To Action: It’s Time For Congress To Pass Credit Card Swipe Fee Reform!

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) recently introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act,” (S.4674) which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the second […]

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Summary Of National Conference On Weights And Measures Meeting

At the National Conference of Weights and Measures annual meeting in mid-July, an item to change the tentative code for specifications and tolerances for Electric Vehicle Supply Systems (EVSE) to permanent was approved. This code applies to EV Chargers (both AC and DC) used for the measurement and sale of electricity dispensed to an electric […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — TribLive: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Takes Campaign To Westmoreland County; Stage Flanked By American And Christian Flags [His Opponent Josh Shapiro Is Jewish] — PennLive – Charles Thompson: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Shuts Down His Deposition To U.S. House Panel Investigating Assault […]

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PPA Seeking Nominations For 4 New Members Of Board Of Directors

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is seeking four (4) new Directors to serve on the Board of Directors. The three year Director term begins on January 1, 2023. Click here to view the current members. If you are interested in nominating someone (including yourself), please notify the PPA prior to September 1. The election of new […]

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Congressional Legislative Update: Climate & Energy Bill Passes Senate, House Up Next

It is an eventful week in Washington as U.S. Senate Democrats Sunday passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – a climate, health, and tax-focused reconciliation package developed behind closed doors between Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).             The legislation would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate […]

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Call To Action: It’s Time For Congress To Pass Credit Card Swipe Fee Reform!

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) recently introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act,” (S.4674) which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the second […]

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EMA Submits Comments On FDA Proposed Menthol Ban

Last week, EMA submitted comments in opposition to the FDA’s proposed ruling to ban menthol in cigarettes and characterizing flavors of all kinds in cigars. Not only are these rules not necessary, but by the FDA’s own admission, these rules would inflict substantial economic damage on American small businesses. The proposed rule is likely to […]

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Strategic Petroleum Reserve At Lowest Level Since 1985

Last week, the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) dropped to 469.9 million barrels of crude–  the lowest level since May 1985. This occurred the same week that the Biden Administration announced that it is releasing the next Notice of Sale to supply additional barrels of crude oil from the SPR onto the global market, building […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Erie Times: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Calls Shapiro The ‘Extreme’ Candidate — Politico: Republican PA Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Threatens To Renege On Testifying Before U.S. House Panel Investigating The Assault On U.S. Capitol — Inquirer: Republican PA Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Concerned About […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference Schedule Now Available

The Conference schedule is now available for the PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting October 11-13 in Hershey. Click Here to view the entire list of educational seminars, meetings and social events. The PPA is excited to bring together industry leaders for our premier membership event in Hershey this fall.  Join us in October […]

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Call To Action Alert: U.S. Senate Bill Bad Deal For Small Business Energy Marketers

On July 27, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced a breakthrough agreement on a reconciliation package containing provisions on energy and climate, health, and taxes. Now called the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” the package took Washington by storm, as lawmakers and outside groups believed talks to be […]

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PennDOT, DEP Submit State Plan For EV Infrastructure Development

PennDOT has submitted the Pennsylvania State Plan for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment to the federal government. This plan provides a general outline of how the state intends to distribute the $171.5 million provided to the Commonwealth for the buildout of electric vehicle charging stations. The money will be appropriated from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. […]

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PPA & EMA Submit Comments On FDA Proposed Menthol Ban

In July, PPA and EMA submitted comments in opposition to the FDA’s proposed ruling to ban menthol in cigarettes and characterizing flavors of all kinds in cigars. Not only are these rules not necessary, but by the FDA’s own admission, these rules would inflict substantial economic damage on American small businesses. The proposed rule is […]

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It’s Time For Congress To Pass Credit Card Swipe Fee Reform!

On Thursday, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced the bipartisan “The Credit Card Competition Act,” (S.4674) which would ensure retailer choice in payment routing by requiring at least two unaffiliated processors on credit cards, the same process that is used for debit card transactions. Swipe fees remain the […]

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NORA Sets Out To Prove Homeowners Can Have A Zero Emissions Home

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has been a leader in the transition to low-carbon liquid fuels in the home-heating sector for decades through testing and promoting the use of the advanced biofuel biodiesel combined with traditional heating oil. Now NORA is setting out to prove that homeowners can reduce a home’s carbon emissions to […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Politics PA: Fox News Poll: Double-Digit Leads For Democrats Shapiro, Fetterman — NYT: Emails Shed Light On Republican Fake Electors Plan [Including PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano As ‘Point Person’ In PA] — WESA: PA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Called ‘Point Person’ […]

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PA Dept. Of Agriculture Temporary Suspension Of Requirement For 2% Biodiesel For Out-Of-State Fuel Sold In PA Expires July 26

On June 17, 2022, the Department of Agriculture announced the suspension of the 2 percent biodiesel content mandate on diesel fuel sold for on-road use imposed under section 3(a)(1) of the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act (73 P.S. § 1650.3(a)(1)) for out-of-state fuel sold in the Commonwealth. The suspension shall be effective Monday, […]

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U.S. DOT Provides States with $44 Million To Speed CDL Licensing

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is awarding more than $44 million in grants designed to make the process to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) more efficient. The funding is part of the administration’s Trucking Action Plan (TAP) authorized last year under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Under TAP, states […]

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Inside The D.C. Beltway Update: Climate Action, Paying For Highways, Driver Shortage, Fuel Blending

Following U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) announcement that he would not (at this time) support increased climate spending, Democratic lawmakers and environmental activists have urged President Biden to take stronger executive action. During a July 20 speech in Massachusetts, President Biden laid out a framework for increased executive action, which so far will include additional […]

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FDA Issues Warning Letters For Unauthorized Sales Of Synthetic Nicotine

The federal Consolidated Appropriations Act that went into effect on April 14 clarified the FDA’s authority to regulate tobacco products containing nicotine from any source, including synthetic nicotine. Recently, FDA issued its first two warning letters to manufacturers for unlawfully marketing non-tobacco nicotine e-liquid products without the required authorization. Collectively, these two companies, AZ Swagg […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — PA Capital-Star: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Courting Voters On Gab Pushes Republicans Further Right — TribLive: Pittsburgh Jewish, Black Leaders Call Out Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano For Ties To Gab Social Platform — Post-Gazette: Western PA Lawmakers Condemn Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano […]

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Clean Fuels Releases New Bioheat® Fuel Registered Trademark Agreement

On July 21, Clean Fuels Alliance America announced it has released for immediate review and execution the newest version of their Bioheat® Fuel Trademark License Agreement. This new agreement has been reviewed and developed cooperatively between both Clean Fuels and National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA). The new agreement references Clean Fuels new name as well […]

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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Energy Choice Bill

On July 11, Gov. Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 275 (Yaw-R- Lycoming) which would have prohibited counties, local governments, and authorities from promoting cleaner energy sources to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The bill did not pass the House and Senate with a required two-third margin that would lead to a successful override. This proposed legislation […]

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LIHEAP Announces Summer Fill Supplement Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently announced they will issue a $500 LIHEAP a Summer Fill supplement to 2021/22 LIHEAP season recipients. A 2021/22 LIHEAP recipient is defined as anyone who submitted a pre-season or regular season LIHEAP application that was approved by DHS. These supplements may be used for an outstanding bill […]

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Recognizing June POMPAC & EDF Contributors

The Political Action Committee Chairman Jason Flohr would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in June. June POMPAC Contributions The Pennsylvania Oil Marketer’s Political Action Committee (POMPAC) raises funds through personal contributions from industry stakeholders. The voluntary contributions made to the POMPAC Fund are used by the PPA to directly support political […]

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WV U.S. Senator Manchin Pulls Plug On Electrification Subsidies, Budget Reconciliation Package

Last Thursday, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) told Democratic senators he would not support a reconciliation package that included climate spending or taxes on wealthy individuals / corporations. Manchin reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) that he would only support legislation that lowered prescription drug prices and extended certain Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) subsidies. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Inquirer: House Republican Leader Appealing State Voting District Maps To U.S. Supreme Court — MCall – Ford Turner: Allentown House District Cited In House Republican Challenge To Voting Districts Appealed To U.S. Supreme Court — Inquirer Guest Essay: With New […]

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Register Now For PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Oct. 11-13 In Hershey

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to bring together industry leaders for our premier membership event. Join us October 11 – 13 in Hershey to learn, network, and connect. Register now for our 2022 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting. A finalized conference schedule will be released later this month. Participate in the Inaugural Joint […]

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Pennsylvania State Capitol Update

Last week lawmakers passed a $45.2 billion spending budget which was signed by Governor Wolf on July 8. The state legislature will now break for a summer recess before reconvening again in September. Here is a recap of recent legislative and regulatory updates that impact your business. Energy Choice Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk With […]

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National Roadside Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Blitz Scheduled for July 10-16, 2022

Energy marketers with transportation operations should be prepared for a nationwide roadside commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement blitz scheduled to take place July 10 -16, 2022. Operation Safe Driver Week is an annual event organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a group of state and local transportation enforcement personnel and the Federal Motor […]

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Congressional Legislative Update: Cost Of Gasoline, Budget Reconciliation

Last week, the White House criticized “companies running gas stations” for not bringing down the costs of gas. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that retailers and others in the fuel supply chain need to keep pace with falling oil prices. EMA President Rob Underwood was quoted in the Washington Examiner disputing this claim, […]

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FHWA Proposes To Fund New State, Local Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs For Highway Vehicles

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced in a notice of proposed rulemaking last week it will address the climate impact of greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s transportation system. The proposed rule would require state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations to measure and report carbon dioxide emissions of vehicles traveling on their respective sections […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — AP: COVID Nursing Home Deaths Baseless Claim A Campaign Mainstay Of Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano — Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano The Movie!  The Return Of The American Patriot — LancasterOnline: Penn Cinema Cancels Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano’s Film Premiere; Producer Threatens […]

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New Members Joining PPA In June

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the Association in June. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. — 2950 Partners LLC (Bensalem, PA) Retail Convenience […]

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PA DEP Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for approximately $3 million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants for school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation.              There are two deadlines for applications- August 26 and December 16. The grants support electricity, compressed natural gas, […]

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FMCSA Warns Motor Carriers To Upgrade HOS Electronic Recording Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning motor carriers, including energy marketers using hours of service (HOS) electronic recording devices (ELD), to upgrade to 5G networks. The warning comes as mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. As a result, many older […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — July 4th — Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Remembering Another July 4th In A Meadow In The Allegheny Mountains South Of Pittsburgh In 1754 — Congressional Voting Districts — PA Capital-Star: PA Case On Congressional Voting Districts Takes A Back Seat As U.S. Supreme Court Takes […]

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PPA Encourages Members To Fill Out PennDOT Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Survey

Under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Pennsylvania will have access to $171.5 million in funding to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Commonwealth over a five year period. The funding supports the Commonwealth goal of expanding EV charging along the previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) and Interstate lookalikes. Federal AFC criteria was […]

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PPA Continuing To Oppose State EV Infrastructure Bill

PPA has been engaged in opposing the provisions of Senate Bill 435 from being added to a state budget code bill. The legislation, which is being aggressively pushed by PECO, would allow utilities to recover the cost of building electric vehicle charger facilities from their ratepayers. This bill was stalled last year in the Senate […]

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Bipartisan Group Of Federal Lawmakers Call On Biden Administration To Address Truck Driver Shortage

On Friday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives urged the Biden Administration to address the current CDL Driver Shortage. In a letter, 67 Congressional Members highlighted the need for the Administration to address “new challenges – such as supply chain issues and inflation [that] are plaguing the transportation industry.” Specifically, the bipartisan group encourages the […]

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Energy Choice Bill Could Be Included In State Budget Deal

PPA has communicated with the Senate leadership its strong support for efforts being made by proponents of the Energy Choice bill to include those provisions in a state budget related bill. Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would prohibit municipalities from prohibiting or regulating energy sources in their jurisdictions. However, the Governor […]

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Juul Wins A Temporary Stay Of FDA Ban

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a total ban on Juul products. This is part of FDA’s new approach to electronic cigarettes, over which its authority was formalized through recent Congressional legislation. The FDA said the company failed to provide sufficient information proving the products were safe, not only for youths but for people […]

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FDA To Reduce Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes

Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced plans to issue a proposed product standard by May 2023 that would establish a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes and certain other combusted tobacco products. A product standard is a power granted to the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to reduce or eliminate an ingredient […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — PennLive – Charles Thompson: PA Governor’s Race Personifies America’s New Path On Abortion – Let States Decide — TribLive: U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Decision Places Higher Stakes On PA Election, Experts Say — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Has Strong Fundraising Advantage Over Mastriano […]

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Limited Suspension Of 2% Biodiesel Requirement For Out-Of-State Fuel

On June 17, 2022, the Department of Agriculture announced the suspension of the 2 percent biodiesel content mandate on diesel fuel sold for on-road use imposed under section 3(a)(1) of the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act (73 P.S. § 1650.3(a)(1)) for out-of-state fuel sold in the Commonwealth. The suspension shall be effective Monday, […]

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Reminder: Amended FMCSA Hours Of Service Waiver Extended To Aug. 31

On May 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expanded the national hours of service waiver to include all motor fuels and heating fuel. This action also included amending the scope of the existing waiver to cover all deliveries. The FMCSA said the expansion to all deliveries of covered fuels is due to the impact […]

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EMA Opposes SEC’s Climate Disclosure Proposed Rule

Friday, the Energy Marketers of America submitted comments on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) proposed rule that would mandate extensive climate disclosures by public companies. While most energy marketers represented by EMA are not public companies and, therefore, are not required to report directly to the SEC, EMA is concerned due to the costs […]

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U.S. DOT Extends Enforcement Discretion Allowing Remote Drug And Alcohol Abuse Evaluations For CDL Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) announced last week the extension of expiring agency enforcement discretion permitting remote drug and alcohol abuse evaluations of CDL drivers by Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP). The enforcement discretion was first issued on April 4, 2020 extended several times and set to […]

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ASTSWMO Publishes Annual State UST Tank Fund Performance Report

The 2021 Annual State Tank Fund Performance Report is now available (XLSX file download). The state-by-state comparative report is compiled each year by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Annual tank fund performance data and regulatory requirements for all 50 states, and the District of Columbia are surveyed in the […]

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U.S. House Approves Bill To Allow E15 Year Round

Last week, the U.S. House approved “Lower Food and Fuels Costs Act,” (H.R. 7606) that includes $200 million for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 for biofuel infrastructure and a provision to allow year-round sales of E15. The funding would be distributed in the form of competitive grants to support the installation, retrofit, or upgrade of […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — LancasterOnline – Brad Bumsted: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano Won’t Talk To Mainstream Press As Contest Against Shapiro Begins — AP: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano, Other Election Deniers Quiet On Bogus Fraud Claims After Their Primary Wins — AP: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mastriano […]

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2022 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting – Hotel & Golf Information

Make hotel reservations now for the 2022 Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting taking place October 11 – 13 at The Hershey Hotel. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. The PPA is excited to partner with Women in Energy to host […]

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June PA State Legislative Session Update

In the Pennsylvania General Assembly, June is always  a critical month in regard to legislative activity. The passage of the state budget prior to the June 30 end of the fiscal year takes top priority, but interest groups and legislative leaders use this period to leverage deals for the passage of other legislation. The PPA […]

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EPA Proposes New Requirements For Specification Cargo Tanks, Bulk Tanks And Loading Racks In Gasoline Service

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency recently issued a proposed rule addressing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Gasoline Distribution facilities that effect gasoline bulk plants, loading racks and cargo tank vehicles. Storing, loading and unloading gasoline at these facilities release hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) regulated under the Clean Air Act according to […]

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EMA Urges Congress To Extend Biodiesel/Advanced Biofuels Tax Credit

Friday, EMA sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership, urging Congress to act as expeditiously as possible on a multiyear extension of the biodiesel/advanced biofuels blender’s tax credit that is set to expire at the end of 2022. Extending the blender’s tax credit and ensuring that the credit amount is at parity with other […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway Update

Last week, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated a renewed focus and progress with negotiations on a slimmed down reconciliation package. In recent weeks, Senator Manchin outlined a deal that would raise corporate and capital gains taxes, include some drug-pricing reforms, and would boost both clean energy and fossil fuels. […]

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EPA Extends The RVP Waiver Allowing Sale of E15 Through June 30, 2022

Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  extended through June 10, 2022, the temporary emergency RVP waiver issued on May 1, 2022, allowing the nationwide sale of E15 during the summer driving season. The temporary waiver was set to expire on June 10, 2022. The temporary waiver is authorized under Clean Air Act sections during emergency […]

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EMA NFPA 30A EV Charging Comments

The NFPA Standards Council voted in April not to issue the proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) which would have added requirements for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at motor fuel dispensing facilities to the 2021 Edition of NFPA 30A (Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages).            NFPA 30A is currently in the midst […]

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IRS Increases Business Mileage Deduction Rate For Remainder Of 2022

The Internal Revenue Service announced last Thursday an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating a vehicle for business and other purposes. For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Inquirer: Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano’s Ties To Assault On U.S. Capitol, Efforts To Throw Out Nov. 2020 Election — WITF: How Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano Promoted Election Lies Between Election Day, Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol — PennLive: Boycott […]

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PPA Welcomes Three New Members In May

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the Association in May– Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores.  — N/A in May Retail Convenience Store Operator […]

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EPA Finalizes RFS Ethanol Blending Volume Higher Than Originally Proposed

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized RFS blending mandates for 2020, 2021 and 2022. The EPA set 2022 volume mandates for ethanol at 20.63 billion gallons and retroactive volume mandates for 2021 at 18.84 billion gallons. Retroactive volume mandates for 2020 are set at 17.13 billion gallons. The EPA also announced the denial […]

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EPA Proposed Hazardous Air Pollutant Emission Standards May Extend To Gasoline Bulk Plants, Loading Racks, Cargo Tank Vehicles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing amendments to the emissions standards for hazardous air pollution for gasoline distribution facilities. The EPA is proposing to revise National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements for storage tanks, loading operations, cargo tanks and equipment leaks to reflect cost-effective developments in practices, process, or controls. The […]

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FMCSA Extends Comment Deadline On Controversial Speed Limiter Proposal For Commercial Motor Vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an extension in the comment period for a proposed rulemaking that would require speed limiters for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weighing over 26,000 pounds and operated in interstate commerce. The extension was granted due to stakeholder concern over the short 30-day comment period initially set for the […]

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Congressional Update: Senate, House Coming Back To Multiple Issues

The U.S. House and Senate return Monday from Memorial Day Recess with a daunting agenda: both chambers will explore paths to address gun violence and will begin the annual defense policy bill process. The House and Senate will continue negotiating changes to the “China legislation” that promotes investments in domestic technologies to compete with China. […]

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Federal Homeland Security: Secure Tomorrow Series Toolkit

The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) wants all Critical Infrastructure Partners to be aware of the first iteration of the Secure Tomorrow Series Toolkit, interactive and thought-provoking products for critical infrastructure stakeholders on how to use strategic foresight methods to identify emerging risks and risk management strategies to secure your critical infrastructure systems. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Mastriano Is A Disaster For PA Republicans, But The Party Deserves It — AP: Republican Candidate For Governor Mastriano Wants To Make Everyone Re-Register To Vote             “The concept flatly violates federal law, legal scholars say, and may […]

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Save The Date! – 2022 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Oct. 11-13

The 2022 Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place October 11 – 13 at The Hershey Hotel. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. Conference registration and a complete schedule of events will be released this summer.             For the […]

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Energy Choice Legislation Reported Out Of House Committee

Last week, the House Local Government Committee reported out Senate Bill 275 (Yaw R-Lycoming) entitled Energy Choice legislation to the full House for consideration. This proposal would prohibit local governments from regulating or prohibiting specific energy sources (natural gas, heating oil, propane) use within their jurisdictions. A companion bill, House Bill 1947 (O’Neal R-Washington) passed […]

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Inside The D.C. Beltway Update: Price Gouging; EV Charging; Clean Energy Bill

Last week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee failed to approve federal price gouging legislation by a party line 14-14 vote. The bill, introduced by Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA), is similar to the bill that passed the House the week before which would order the Federal Trade Commission to investigate “price-gouging” by oil companies. According […]

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New York State Vehicle Fuel Tax Holiday Begins June 1

The Empire State Energy Association last week shared information about the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance recently announced vehicle fuel tax holiday that starts June 1, 2022 and lasts through December 31, 2022. The New York State excise tax, prepaid sales tax, and state sales and use taxes on motor fuel and […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Courier Times: How Redistricting Flipped Primary Script On PA Republicans — Governor’s Race — Spotlight PA: How Republican Mastriano Built A Grassroots Movement In PA On Election Denial, Christianity, And Facebook — LancasterOnline Editorial: November’s Gubernatorial Election […]

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Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson Tours PPA Technical Education Center

On May 16, 2022 Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson visited the PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) facility to learn more about the association workforce development initiatives. The Congressman is currently the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee and would assume the Chairman seat if the Republicans reestablish a majority in the House this […]

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EPA Extends The RVP Waiver Allowing Sale Of E15 Through June 10, 2022

Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended through June 10, 2022, the temporary emergency RVP waiver issued on May 1, 2022, allowing the nationwide sale of E15 during the summer driving season. The temporary waiver was set to expire on May 20, 2022. The temporary waiver is authorized under Clean Air Act sections during emergency […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — AP: Mastriano Wins Republican Race For Governor — AP: How PA Republican Governor Pick Could Turn Election Lies Into Action — The Guardian: Sen. Mastriano’s Win Prompts Election Fears In Pennsylvania — Inquirer: How The PA Republican Establishment Broke Itself Trying To […]

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FMCSA Hours Of Service Waiver Extended To May 31

On May 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the hours of service waiver to 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2022. FMCSA is continuing the exemption and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, because the presidentially-declared emergency remains in place and because, although the number of COVID-19 cases began to […]

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U.S. DOT Annual Hazmat Registration Renewal Due by July 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration opened May 1, 2022. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2022. Due to COVID-19 workplace restrictions and processing delays, marketers should register online this year and do so early. However, registrations that were submitted before […]

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PPA May 20 Webinar – Surviving The Price Spike

The PPA is partnering with the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey to offer an educational seminar on May 20 starting at 10:30 a.m. to address the unprecedented spike in heating oil prices, and the volatility associated with an uncertain future, threatening to undermine customer relationships in multiple ways. Rich Goldberg, President of Warm Thoughts […]

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Inside The Washington Beltway: Energy Market Volatility; EV Rollout; Build Back Better

Last week, EMA, NEFI, Clean Fuels Alliance America and several EMA state associations sent a letter to Congress urging immediate action in response to volatility in energy markets. Specifically, the letter urges lawmakers to offer heating fuel dealers guaranteed Small Business Administration loans; increase and expand tax credits for cost-saving home efficiency upgrades; enact long-term […]

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EMA Challenges EPA’s Recent Decision To Reinstate California’s Clean Air Act Waiver for GHG/ZEV Mandate

Friday, EMA joined others in the liquid fuel supply chain in challenging a March 14, 2022, decision by the Biden Administration to reinstate California’s waiver for its Advanced Clean Car program. The Biden EPA waiver would restore the State of California’s authority to set and enforce more stringent standards than the federal government for greenhouse […]

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Supply Of Diesel Is Becoming A Retail Problem

More and more contracts for diesel are moving to Europe as refiners are exporting higher than normal volumes, China is low on exports, and diesel refinery capacity has been reduced due to the COVID-induced shutdowns, conversions of some refineries to renewable diesel, and closures from 2021 hurricanes. This is leaving some marketers scrambling to obtain […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — WHYY: Redistricting Forces Contentious Democratic Primary In Northwest Philly — TribLive: Newly Elected Rep. Abney, Grayson Square Off In Pittsburgh House District — Governor’s Race — AP: Ex-President Backs Republican Sen. Mastriano In PA Governor’s Primary— WHYY: […]

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GetUpside Rebrands As Upside, Raises $165M To Transform Brick And Mortar Commerce

GetUpside, the retail technology company rebranded as Upside, and announced it has raised $65 million in equity financing and $100 million in debt financing from General Catalyst with participation from existing investors including Bessemer Ventures and Builders VC. This latest round brings Upside’s valuation to $1.5 billion. “With inflation at a 40-year high, we are […]

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PPA Summer Leadership Conference Hotel Room Cutoff Date Is May 13!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to bring together current and future leaders at ICONA Avalon next month at the PPA Summer Leadership Conference June 12-14. We hope to see you there! — Hotel room discount deadline is May 13!      — ICONA Avalon -Starting at $290 per night (excluding tax & resort fees)      […]

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PPA Welcomes Two New Members In April

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in April.  — Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. Furino Fuels (Swiftwater, PA) — Retail Convenience […]

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Recognizing 2022 POMPAC Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize the following individuals who have made a POMPAC contribution this year. — Platinum Supporter: Chris Walton, James Barber, James Deiter, Jason Flohr, Michael DeBerdine, Richard Scheibe Jr. — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Quincy Longacre*, Steve Oehlert*, Ted Harris*, and Timothy Naylor — Bronze Supporter:,James […]

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PPA Partnering With FMCSA & PSP For Mock HAZMAT Vehicle Inspection Demonstrations

The PPA is excited to partner with FMCSA and Pennsylvania State Police to offer a new educational opportunity to our membership. This concept will combine both classroom review and mock roadside inspections to assist HazMat transporters in better understanding compliance requirements. Based upon membership interest, we are offering four different mock demonstrations across the state. […]

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EMA Files Comments In Support Of Oral Fluid Drug Testing For CDL Drivers

EMA filed comments in support of a proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance that would introduce an oral fluid drug test as an alternative to the current urine specimen test for CDL drivers. The oral fluid test would not replace the urine specimen test but […]

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On Excessive Swipe Fees

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Excessive Swipe Fees and Barriers to Competition in the Credit and Debit Card Systems.” Both Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned the excessively high swipe fees that continue to wreak havoc on small businesses across the […]

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Congressional Update: Suing OPEC; Not Build Back Better; Gasoline Prices

Last week, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that would allow the US to sue the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for manipulating energy markets. The legislation – referred to as “NOPEC” – has also been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: PA Lawmakers Navigate Primary Election With Unfamiliar Voting District Maps  — Governor’s Race — Washington Examiner – Salena Zito: In PA, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sen. Mastriano Win Would Cost Republicans House, Senate In That State — […]

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Eastern Energy Expo Registration Discount Ends May 6

The deadline to receive the attended pre-registration discount ends May 6 for the Eastern Energy Expo set for May 22 – 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.             The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a proud sponsor of this event. We highly encourage any PPA member planning on attending EEE to register now. To […]

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PA Extends Low-Income Home Energy Assistance – LIHEAP Deadline To May 20

On April 28, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead announced the deadline to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 20.  It had been May 6. DHS has been able to provide increased benefits for this extended LIHEAP season due to the availability of funds through […]

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EPA Issues Temporary Emergency Waiver Permitting Summertime Sale Of E15

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a temporary emergency waiver that allows the nationwide sale of E15 during the summer driving season effective May 1, 2022. The temporary waiver is authorized under Clean Air Act sections during emergency fuel supply shortages (CAA§ 21 l(c)(4)(C)(ii)(I), 42 U.S.C. § 7454(c)(4)(C)(ii)(I)). The EPA cites the “extreme […]

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Congressional Update: EV Tax Credits; Build Back Better; Gasoline Prices; Schedule

Last week, Congress returned to a busy agenda after a two-week recess. The House and Senate have largely opened up in-person meetings and many trade associations and interest groups are now holding in-person fly-ins.             EV Tax Credits During a hearing with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Senator Manchin criticized the idea of more electric vehicle […]

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FDA Proposes Ban On Menthol Cigarettes And Flavored Cigars

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two new proposed rules this week that would ban the manufacture and sale of menthol flavored cigarettes and ban all flavored cigars and cigarillos. Should these federal flavor bans be finalized, it would represent the most far-reaching action taken by the FDA since Congress gave the agency the […]

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FMCSA Considering Speed Limiter Retrofit Requirement For Commercial Motor Vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week it will move forward with a proposed rulemaking that would require speed limiters commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weighing over 26,000 pounds and operated in interstate commerce. The FMCSA, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), proposed a speed limiter rule back on […]

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EPA Agrees To Finalize RFS Annual Blending Volumes For 2021, 2022 By June 3

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a consent decree with Growth Energy to issue minimum biofuel blending volumes under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) no later than June 3. The consent decree was the result of settlement of a lawsuit between the EPA and Growth Energy over the agency’s tardiness in meeting statutory […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Scranton Times Editorial: Courts Ensure Fairer Voting Districts — Governor’s Race — PennLive: Federal Judge Recommends Dismissal Of Lawsuits Seeking To Take Republicans Mastriano, Perry Off Primary Ballot — LancasterOnline – Brad Bumsted: Political ‘Shakedown:’ Republican Gubernatorial […]

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Register Now For Eastern Energy Expo On May 22-25 At The Mohegan Sun, CT

Registration is now open for Eastern Energy Expo which will return in-person this year May 22 – 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.             The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a proud sponsor of this event. The discounted hotel room block is quickly filling up and will most likely reach full capacity prior to […]

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PennDOT Hosting Meeting On State Plan For $171.5M In National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding

The Department of Transportation will host an April 27 teleconference on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Funding Program from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  (formal notice) The purpose of the public meeting is to discuss the proposed State plan required as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program requirement. Pennsylvania is estimated to receive $171.5 […]

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EQB Final Rule Published In PA Bulletin Reducing Carbon Pollution From Power Plants [RGGI]

On April 23, the final regulation establishing a program to reduce carbon pollution from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was published in the PA Bulletin after a two-and-a-half year development process.             The process included more House and Senate committee hearings and information sessions than any other issue in recent memory, […]

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Participate In Gray, Gray & Gray’s Annual Energy & Propane Industry Survey

Gray, Gray & Gray’s is launching its 31st annual Energy Industry Survey to help establish the most up-to-date industry benchmarks and the standards by which company performance is measured. This year, the industry looks at challenges resulting from the Russia/Ukraine conflict and how companies like yours have adapted. Your participation and thoughtful responses contribute to […]

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EPA Proposes New RFS Renewable Fuel Pathway For Canola Oil Used As Diesel Fuel, Heating Oil, Jet Fuel, LPG

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rulemaking this week to approve new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pathways for biofuels that are produced from canola/rapeseed oil. Only biofuels meeting EPA threshold greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions are eligible for the RFS program. The EPA assessed the GHG emission from canola/rapeseed biofuels produced via hydrotreating […]

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Another Congressional Democrat Price Gouging Bill Introduced

Thursday, U.S. Reps. Val Demings (D-FL), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced legislation “The Oil and Gas Industry Antitrust Act” which calls on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to conduct an investigation “to determine if the price of gasoline is being manipulated by reducing refinery capacity or by any other […]

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Biden Re-Opens Federal Land To Oil And Gas Leases

Last Monday, the Biden Administration published sales notices for oil and gas leases in June on public lands in six states. In its announcement, the Department of Interior said it would proceed with the sales, but with diminished acreage and steeper royalties for oil and gas companies. Still though, this is a sharp policy reversal […]

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Federal Agencies Publish Joint Advisory For Energy Sector

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Energy (DOE), National Security Agency (NSA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory to warn that certain advanced persistent threat (APT) actors have exhibited the capability to gain full system access to multiple industrial control system (ICS)/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — PA Capital-Star – Stephen Caruso: More Diverse Candidates On The Ballot For Harrisburg, But Latinos Are Largely Left out — WESA: University Of Pittsburgh Fears Loss Of State Funding, Attacks On Fetal Tissue Issues With Redistricting — […]

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Biden Administration Allows Summertime Sale Of E15

The Biden Administration announced last week it is lifting the ban on summertime sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. The move is part of the administration’s larger plan to lower the price of gasoline ahead of the midterm elections. EMA has repeatedly warned both the EPA and the White House of the limitations involving […]

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USDA To Provide $100 Million In New Higher Blend Infrastructure Grants To Marketers

The USDA announced last week it will provide new funding under the Higher Blend Infrastructure Program (HBIP) to help gasoline retailers and distributors to upgrade infrastructure for the distribution of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. USDA is earmarking $5.6 million in grants to seven states designed to expand the retail availability of higher blend […]

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Congressional Update: Build Back Better Battles; U.S. – China Competition

Last week, the House and Senate left Washington, DC for a two-week recess period. While members are spending the weeks campaigning in the district, many are preparing for what the remainder of this year’s legislative session may hold. A priority for many Republicans and Democrats is passing the U.S. – China Innovation and Competition Act […]

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Refundable Tax Credit For Truck Drivers Bill Introduced In Congress

Recently, U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation to address the current truck driver shortage in the United States by establishing a refundable income tax credit for qualified commercial truck drivers. “The Strengthening Supply Chains Through Truck Driver Incentives Act” would create a new refundable tax credit of up to […]

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Federal Bill Introduced To Ensure Truckers Receive Overtime Pay

Last week, Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) introduced “The Guaranteeing Overtime for Truckers Act” that would repeal the motor carrier overtime exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act. The legislation aligns with DOT’s recent recommendation that Congress eliminate the exemption because “employers are not required to pay overtime to many truck drivers.” Click Here for the […]

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Compliance With Federal Synthetic Nicotine Requirements In Effect

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed H.R. 2471 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2022. As a result, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) now includes specific language that makes clear the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can, as of March 15, regulate tobacco products containing nicotine from any source. This […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — PennLive – Jan Murphy: F&M Poll Shows Mastriano Leading PA’s Packed Republican Gubernatorial Primary — PennLive – Charles Thompson: F&M Poll Shows Republican Governor’s Race Still Unsettled — Inquirer: Republican Sen. Corman Staying In Republican Race For Governor After Moving To Drop […]

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Pennsylvania Oil Marketers PAC Endorses Jamie Barton’s State Representative Campaign

The Pennsylvania Oil Marketers PAC (POMPAC), the political affiliate of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, has announced their formal endorsement of Jamie Barton’s state representative campaign for the 124th Legislative District. The political action committee represents 400+ petroleum and energy stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth. Jamie Barton currently serves on the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Board of Directors […]

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PPA Welcomes Two New Members In March

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in March. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in March Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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PA DEP Appeals Commonwealth Court Order Blocking Publication Of Final RGGI Regulation

On April 7, the Department of Environmental Protection appealed the April 6 Commonwealth Court order blocking publication of the final regulation establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to the PA Supreme Court.             The question presented to the PA Supreme Court for review is “Did […]

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EMA Compliance Bulletin: U.S. DOT Annual Hazmat Registration Period Opens May 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration opens May 1, 2022. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2022. Due to COVID-19 workplace restrictions and processing delays, marketers should register online this year and do so early. However, registrations submitted before May 1, […]

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Responses Due April 15: PPA Heating Fuel Member Survey: Bioheat Adoption

Just a reminder, responses are due April 15 to PPA’s member survey on Bioheat Adoption.  The purpose of the survey is to help the PPA better understand your position on current and future biodiesel (Bioheat®) heating fuel adoption strategies within the state of Pennsylvania.             Click Here to take the survey. Survey Background In January […]

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EMA Joins Coalition Letter Urging President Not To Tax Unrealized Capital Gains

Recently, EMA and the Family Business Coalition sent a letter to President Biden and the House and Senate Tax Committee chairs arguing against taxing unrealized capital gains. Taxing unrealized gains in any form, subjecting more families to the estate tax, changing step-up in basis, and removing important tools that family businesses use for succession planning […]

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Visa, Mastercard Planning Changes To Allow For Larger Gasoline Charges

Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. are planning numerous changes to allow larger card transactions to help drivers cover their expenses at the pump. To minimize the damage of already excessively high swipe fees, many gas stations have a $125 limit for Visa transactions at the pump because the card company adds even more fees to […]

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NHTSA Investigating Electric Vehicle Battery Safety Defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the safety of EV and hybrid vehicle batteries made by LG Energy Solution of South Korea. Since February 2020, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Stellantis and Volkswagen have issued recalls for as many as 138,000 vehicles with possible defects that could cause fires. General Motors has taken […]

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CISA Provides Guidance On Sharing Cyber Incident Information; EMA Resources Available

In this time of heightened risk due to the war in Ukraine, CISA urges lowering the threshold for sharing information to raise our collective resilience to global cyber threats. Sharing information about cyber incidents allows CISA to fill critical information gaps, rapidly deploy resources and render assistance to victims suffering attacks, analyze incoming information from […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — AP: Republican Energy Promises Face Limits In PA Governor’s Race — Politics PA: Spending In PA Governor’s Race Tops $12.6 Million — PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA Governor’s Race Spending Total Nears $11 Million — Post-Gazette – Salena Zito: Republican Candidates For […]

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PA House Passes Bill To Block RGGI Regulation, Senate Republicans File Lawsuit

On March 30, the House voted 126 to 72 to pass House Bill 637 (Struzzi-R-Indiana) designed to block the final DEP regulation establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants that’s consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.             The vote total is not enough to override a Governor’s veto, which happened to a […]

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U.S. DOE Announces A Ten-Fold Increase In Funding For Residential Weatherization Assistance And Conversion To Electric Heat Pumps

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to spend roughly $3.2 billion to retrofit hundreds of thousands of homes in low-income communities in order to slash residential energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.             Pennsylvania is due to receive $186 million in this round.  Read more here. The unprecedented 10-fold increase in annual funding for […]

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U.S. EIA: Renewable Diesel Supply To Surpass Biodiesel Soon

According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2022 (AEO2022), it projects that renewable diesel supply will exceed biodiesel supply in the near term. EIA projects that renewable diesel supply will increase to 130,000 barrels per day (b/d) in 2022 and 145,000 b/d in 2050, reflecting a significant increase in renewable diesel production […]

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Automakers Support EPA’s Tailpipe Emissions Standard That EMA Is Challenging In Court; New Standard Announced

A trade group representing the major domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers filed a motion supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit currently before the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the agency’s strict new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. [NOTE: On Friday, the Biden Administration announced a new mileage […]

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A Bipartisan Group Of Congressional Lawmakers Call On FTC To Address Economic Discrimination

Forty-three lawmakers from both parties sent a letter on Wednesday to the federal Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting the agency investigate, and when appropriate, bring enforcement actions against economic discriminatory action that violates antitrust laws, including the FTC Act and the Robinson-Patman Act. “The antitrust laws were designed to protect against anticompetitive economic discrimination and […]

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Nationwide Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Enforcement, Inspection Blitz Set For July 10-16

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA), an alliance of state and federal motor carrier enforcement authorities, holds its annual Operation Safe Driver Week during July 10-16. The Operation Safe Driving Program was created to improve the driving behaviors of CDL drivers and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles through educational and traffic […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Spotlight PA: PA Republicans Eye Greater Control Over Redistricting Thru Another Constitutional Amendment — AP: Republican Challenge To PA Congressional Districts Map Lawsuit Ends Quietly — MCall – Ford Turner: Redrawn Districts, Incumbent Battle Highlight Primary Lehigh […]

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Registration Now Open For Eastern Energy Expo 2022 May 22-25

Registration is now open for Eastern Energy Expo which will return in-person this year May 22 – 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.             The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a proud sponsor of this event. The discounted hotel room block is quickly filling up and will most likely reach full capacity prior to […]

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State Gas Tax Holiday Legislation Proposed

With the high price of gasoline intensifying as a political issue in recent weeks, there is discussion in Harrisburg regarding proposals to lessen their impact on consumers. Senate President Jake Corman (also a candidate for the GOP nomination for Governor) has introduced Senate Bill 10. This legislation would reduce motor fuel taxes by 20 cents […]

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EMA Compliance Bulletin Reminder: Random Drug/Alcohol Testing Rates For 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released the annual minimum employee random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2022. The test rates are the minimum percentage of employees subject to U.S. DOT drug and alcohol requirements who must undergo a random test during the 2022 calendar year. The number of random drug tests […]

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U.S. DOT/DOE Announce $5 Billion To Help States Build EV Charging Infrastructure

The Biden Administration is providing nearly $5 billion to help states create a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along designated corridors in the national highway system. Charging stations will not be placed on federal highways, but located at entrance ramps. The program is designed as part of the President’s goal to build 500,000 […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Spotlight PA: What Makes A Voting District Map Fair? Here’s What We Learned During PA’s Redistricting Cycle — WHYY: PA Latinos Want More Lawmakers From Their Communities, New Voting District Maps Offer That Chance — WESA/AP: PA […]

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Update On State Gas Tax Holiday Proposals

Discussion of a gas tax suspension continues in Harrisburg as other states have enacted measures to provide breaks to motorists. On Friday, a thirty day gas tax moratorium took effect in Maryland. In Georgia, the Governor has signed into law a suspension of the collection of that state’s motor fuel taxes until the end of […]

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PPA Heating Fuel Member Survey: Bioheat Adoption

The purpose of this survey is to help the PPA better understand your position on current and future biodiesel (Bioheat®) heating fuel adoption strategies within the state of Pennsylvania. Please limit one survey response per company.             Click Here to take the survey. Survey Background In January 2019 Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order to […]

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Have You Booked Your Hotel Room For Eastern Energy Expo 2022?

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is a proud partner of the Eastern Energy Expo which will return in-person this year May 22 – 25, 2022 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Attendee registration will be opening soon for the event. The discounted hotel room block is quickly filling up and will most likely reach full capacity […]

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Congressional Update: Federal Budget, Synthetic Nicotine, Gasoline Price Mitigation, Build Back-Lite

On Tuesday, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding package into law. The law fully funds government agencies and will provide the funding for implementation of key Biden Administration priorities, including provisions from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.             Synthetic Nicotine The law also includes language that will allow the FDA to regulate synthetic […]

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Federal Cyber Incident Reporting Provision Signed Into Law

A landmark provision authored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to enhance our nation’s ability to combat ongoing cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure has been signed into law as a part of the government funding legislation that passed this week. […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security And The FBI’s Cybersecurity Issue New Advisory

Last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory to warn organizations that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors have gained network access through exploitation of default multi-factor authentication (MFA) protocols and a known vulnerability. One of the most important security practices to reduce the […]

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Democrats Continue To Fight Postal Service Decision To Replace Fleet With Gasoline Fueled Trucks

Congressional House Democrats spearheaded by leaders on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are up in arms over the decision of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to replace its fleet with almost all gasoline powered trucks. Democrats have asked the USPS’s inspector general to investigate the decision, asserting that USPS violated legal environmental requirements. […]

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Petroleum Marketers Risk Management Academy Offered By Federated Insurance April 19-21

Federated Insurance is offering complimentary risk management training for petroleum marketers on April 19-21, 2022. Through this valuable session, you will discover methods you can use immediately to help protect profits by reducing risk at your business. Companies that are the most successful at controlling losses and protecting profits have integrated risk management into their […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: PA Supreme Court Upholds Voting District Maps For Senate, House — Spotlight PA: PA Supreme Court Rejects Challenges To State House, Senate Voting District Maps — PA Cap-Star: PA’s New House, Senate Voting District Maps OK’d […]

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PPA 2022 Summer Leadership Conference Is 3 Months Away!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry at the Summer Leadership Conference. This year’s event will take place at the ICONA in Avalon, NJ. We hope to see you in June! ?Conference registration includes access to the June 12 welcome reception, business seminars, breakfast, and […]

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Federal and State Gas Tax Holiday Proposals

In response to the spike in motor fuel prices over the last two weeks, there have been proposals by some policy makers to suspend the collection of gas taxes to provide relief to motorists. Governor Tom Wolf signed onto a letter with five other Governors urging Congress to enact legislation that would suspend collection of […]

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Industry Marketing Firms Offer Communication Resources For Market Volatility

PriMedia: Fuel Markets Are in Crisis. Here’s What You Should and Shouldn’t Say to Your Customers. Your customers are shocked, confused, enraged, struggling and looking to you for answers and assistance. Every consumer is different, and your customers’ emotions may run the gamut, but it’s most important right now that you at least have some […]

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EMA: Gas Stations Are Not To Blame for Rising Gasoline Costs; Russian Oil Ban

Seventy percent of Americans support the ban on Russian oil imports regardless of the rising fuel costs. However, some Americans are falsely directing blame to gas station owners for increased prices at the pump. Rob Underwood, President of the Energy Marketers of America (EMA), said, “blaming gas station owners for high gas prices is nonsense. […]

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New Survey Sheds Light On Driver Shortages In The Energy Marketing Industry

A recent survey published by the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) outlines the extent of the CDL driver shortage problem as it applies to the transportation of petroleum products. According to the survey, over a two-year period beginning in May 2019, the industry experienced a 41.6 percent reduction in petroleum driver applicants, along with a […]

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U.S. Senator Cassidy Outlines Route To Reestablish America’s Energy Dominance

Last week, Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released a policy outline detailing how the U.S. can reset its energy and climate policy and create a global Russia-free energy future. Cassidy, a member of the Senate Energy and Finance Committees, called for an Energy Operation Warp Speed to reestablish America’s energy dominance. “The world will be […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: Divided PA Supreme Court Picks New Congressional Voting Districts Map — PA Cap-Star: PA’s New Congressional Voting Districts Map Is Reflective Of State’s Voters, PA Supreme Court Justices Argued — Spotlight PA: 4 Reasons The PA […]

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PPA Welcomes Two New Members In February

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in February. Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. — Friday Gas and Oil (Weedville, PA): Retail […]

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Important FMCSA Hours of Service Waiver Expirations & Extensions

There are two active FMCSA driver hours of service (HOS) waivers that impact our membership. The waiver for heating fuels is set to expire on March 8, 2022. The waiver that covers most transportation fuels has recently been extended through May 31, 2022. More information on the two waivers can be found below. Heating Fuels […]

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Please Verify Your 2022 PPA Membership Directory Information

The PPA staff is in the process of compiling information for this year’s membership directory. To ensure accuracy of your directory information, please check your listing in all sections of the current directory which can be found here. Please email Jessica Reeder at jreeder@papetroleum.org or call (717) 939-1781, ext. 104, to confirm your company information […]

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EMA Challenges U.S. EPA Rule That Would Hurt Energy Marketers

On Monday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) asked the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s December 2021 final rule that increases the stringency of greenhouse gas emissions for model year 2023-2026 cars and light-duty vehicles by significant percentages. EPA is ostensibly using EPA’s tailpipe emissions standards to phase […]

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EMA Submits Detailed Comments To NFPA On EV Charging At Gas Stations

Last week, EMA submitted more detailed comments in opposition to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) regulating the placement of EV charging stations at gas stations. The setback requirements in the proposed standard are so restrictive that it could prevent the installation of EV chargers at most existing retail gas stations. […]

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EMA Urges President Biden To Reconsider Keystone XL And To Grant Jones Act Waiver

In response to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EMA sent a letter to President Biden seeking greater energy independence. The letter urges the President to reconsider his position regarding the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL). KXL is important for American fuel independence, and even more so now with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. KXL […]

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Congressional Update: State of the Union, Climate, Infrastructure, EVs

Last week, President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address. He spent the first twelve minutes pledging America’s support for Ukraine, which received strong bipartisan applause. In addressing energy prices, which have spiked due to Russia’s invasion, President Biden announced that the U.S. and allies would release a combined 60 million barrels […]

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Ending Forced Arbitration Of Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment Act Of 2021

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 (H.R. 4445). The bill passed the House last month and the President is expected to sign it into law. The legislation was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) […]

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MPC Advertising Campaign On High Swipe Fees

Last week, the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC), of which EMA is a member, announced an advertising campaign to educate Congress and other policymakers on high “swipe” fees credit card networks and big banks charge merchants to process transactions and the impact the fees have on consumers, small businesses and the U.S. economy. The campaign comes […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — Spotlight PA: A Complete Guide To PA’s Redistricting Court Challenges — AP: U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Intervene In PA Congressional Voting Districts Case — WHYY: Will U.S. Supreme Court Wade Into The Battle Over PA Congressional […]

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PA Senate Republicans File To Intervene To Oppose The DEP Lawsuit To Publish Final RGGI Carbon Pollution Reduction Regulations

On February 25, Senate Republicans filed a motion with Commonwealth Court to intervene in opposition to the DEP lawsuit against the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish the final Carbon Pollution Reduction regulations covering power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The motion was filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre), Senate […]

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Reminder! Annual EPCRA TIER II Reports Must be Filed With State Emergency Response Authorities By March 1, 2022

EPCRA TIER II forms must be submitted no later than March 1, 2022. The Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. All facilities that store over 10,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals (including petroleum products) onsite at any point during the previous calendar […]

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Congressional Update: Russia/Ukraine Crisis; Gas Tax Holiday?  State Of The Union

Last week, Washington quickly turned its focus towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which sent oil prices soaring over $100/barrel. Retaliatory sanctions announced by President Biden on Thursday did not target Russia’s energy sector, reportedly at the request of European allies, including Germany and Italy, who are worried about potential effects on their own economies. More […]

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EMA Participates At The National Ethanol Conference

Last week, EMA’s Motor Fuels Committee Chair Glenn Hasken, chief operating officer and vice president of Molo Companies, represented EMA during a retailer’s roundtable on the future of liquid fuels at the National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Participating alongside Mr. Hasken were Eric Fobes, Head Trader, Ethanol, Pilot Company, SIGMA, NATSO, and Doug […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: PA Supreme Court Picks New Map Of Congressional Voting Districts — PennLive: New Congressional Districts Map Has Keller, Meuser Vying For Same Seat — Inquirer: Is New Congressional Districts Map Better For Democrats or Republicans?  We […]

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Register Now For PPA Summer Leadership Conference June 13-14 in Avalon, NJ

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to again bring together current and future leaders within our industry at the 2022 PPA Summer Leadership Conference on June 13-14 at the ICONA in Avalon, NJ. The theme of the 2022 leadership conference will be achieving high performance leadership. Two major trends that have emerged in the past […]

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PPA Member Jamie Barton Announces Campaign For 124th State House Seat

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is pleased to share that one of our members, Jamie Barton, has announced a campaign to pursue the Republican nomination for a seat in the state House. Jamie is the Vice President of Jack Rich, Inc. and is a long time PPA member who currently serves on the PPA Board of […]

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Congressional Update: Govt. Doesn’t Close, Build Back Better Delayed, EV Funding

Thursday, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution extending government funding until March 11, 2022, giving Congress only a few weeks to resolve negotiations. As a reminder, a Continuing Resolution continues existing government funding at Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 levels. It is critical that Congress pass an FY 2022 package to fully fund portions of the Bipartisan […]

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U.S. Senators Voice Long-Standing Frustrations Over RFS Program

On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held a hearing focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). This was the first EPW hearing on the RFS since 2016 and comes as the EPA proposes to increase biofuel blending requirements. During the hearing, Senators expressed frustration over the Biden Administration’s handling of the […]

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Biden To Return California’s Authority To Set Auto Emission Standards More Stringent Than EPA

The Biden administration is preparing to reinstate California’s authority to set auto emissions rules that are more stringent than federal standards. California’s regulatory authority over mobile emissions was rescinded by the Trump Administration in 2019. Restoration of regulatory authority over automobile emissions represents a return of California’s influence on the nation’s climate and clean air […]

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Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Donates $6,100 To Salvation Army

The Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association donated a total contribution of $6,100 to both the Berks and Schuylkill County Salvation Army on February 17 with each Corps receiving half of the total donation. Since 2006, this is the second largest annual donation BSOHA has presented to the Salvation Army. The BSOHA annual charitable contribution has directly […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House, Congressional — AP: House Republican Leader Asks PA Supreme Court To Throw Out House Voting District Map — PA Cap-Star: House Republicans Ask Court To Toss House Voting District Map, Reuse Current Lines In 2022 — MCall –  Ford […]

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PA Receives First $25.3 Million For Electric Vehicle Charging Investments From Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

On February 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Pennsylvania will receive the first $25.3 million from an estimated $171.5 million over the next five years to invest in electric vehicle charging stations along previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors and Interstate lookalikes. The funding is from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. PennDOT and DEP – […]

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Continuing RGGI Developments Within State Legislature

There was a significant development this past week in regard to the RGGI. The House Appropriations Committee added an amendment to House Bill 637 that would provide $250 million for carbon capture technology and other control measures to address emissions from coal-fired power plants. This bill, which is being held in the Committee to provide […]

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Congressional Update: Keeping Govt. Running, China Trade, Build Back Better

Congress is expected to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) extending government funding through March 11. Meanwhile, it appears both sides have reached a baseline agreement to finalize a full government funding package so that many of the programs authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law can be fully funded. As of now, government funding expires on […]

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EMA Requests Speedier Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Claim Processing

EMA is receiving reports from energy marketers that they are once again experiencing delays in the processing of federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) ultimate vendor claims for sales of clear, tax excluded diesel fuel to state and local governments. In response, EMA sent a letter this week to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig expressing […]

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Federal Legislation Would Temporarily Suspend The Gasoline Tax

Last Wednesday, U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced legislation that would suspend the 18.3 cpg federal excise tax on gasoline and 0.1 cpg leaking underground trust fund (LUST) tax through the end of 2022. “The Gas Prices Relief Act,” S. 3609, could prove popular during an election year. S. 3609 would […]

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Governors’ Races In PA, Other States May Impact Energy Policy, Here’s How

Races in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Florida will determine the future of emissions reduction pledges and will establish key administrators within their state energy offices and utility regulators, according to Energy News Network. The governors will influence how to use the funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes money for electric vehicle […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol — LancasterOnline: Ex-Ephrata Lawyers’ Statement He Would Kill Democratic U.S. Senators Allowed By Judge — ScrantonT: Lackawanna County Man Charged With Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol Rejects Plea Deal, Plans For Trial — New Voting Districts […]

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DEP Files Lawsuit Against Reference Bureau To Publish Final RGGI Carbon Pollution Reduction Regulations

On February 3, the Associated Press reported the Department of Environmental Protection filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court to compel the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish the final RGGI Carbon Pollution Reduction Regulations covering power plants in the PA Bulletin so they can become effective.             The lawsuit is a follow-up to Gov. Wolf’s January […]

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PPA Welcomes Five New Members In January

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in January.  Active Members Active Members are independent branded and non-branded petroleum marketers who sell gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. N/A in January Retail Convenience Store Operator This […]

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Recognizing January PAC Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in January: — Platinum Supporter: James Barber and Jason Flohr — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Quincy Longacre*, Steve Oehlert*, Ted Harris*, and Timothy Naylor — Bronze Supporter: Mark Smith* — Supporter: Andrew Myers and David Karl  *Denotes the […]

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New FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training Requirement Begins Today (Feb.7)

Monday, February 7, 2022, is the compliance date for the FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations, established in 49 CFR part 380 subparts F and G. The ELDT regulations include requirements for training providers, CDL applicants, and State Driver Licensing Agencies. Visit the Training Provider Registry for more information and make sure you are ready […]

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FMCSA Extends Regional Emergency Declaration Waiver For Heating Fuels Until March 8

FMCSA has just extended the Regional Emergency Declaration waiver which provides motor carriers and drivers with direct assistance in supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, into the Affected States with emergency relief from 49 CFR § 395.3, maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles. This waiver was originally […]

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Congressional Update: FDA Menthol Cigarette Ban, Competition With China

Last  week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would soon issue regulations codifying its plan announced in 2021 to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. In Congress, the House focused on passing the US COMPETES Act, legislation to support US research and development and supply chain security to compete with China. The other […]

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EMA Urges EPA To Reduce Corn Ethanol Mandate

Friday, EMA sent comments to the EPA on its proposed ethanol blending mandates for 2020-2022 urging EPA to fully consider the impact the RFS places on small business energy marketers when setting the upcoming annual RVOs for 2020, 2021 and 2022. EMA said, “If ethanol volumes continue to rise as proposed in 2022, obligated parties […]

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Federal COVID-19 Price Gouging Bill Introduced

Last week, House Democrats introduced the “COVID-19 Price Gouging Prevention Act” (H.R.675) that outlaws “price gouging” during a “public health emergency” declared under federal law. Price gouging is defined as opportunistic behavior by sellers who take advantage of an emergency to raise prices of goods “unreasonably” to “unconscionably excessive” levels. All goods are covered by […]

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EMA Urges Federal Highway Administration To Protect Small Business Marketers

Last fall, Congress approved, and the President signed into law, a $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law– the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA provides $7.5 billion in funding for states to deploy an Electric Vehicle Formula Program (EV Charging Program) with a $2.5 billion set aside for a competitive grant program to build […]

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Bills Introduced In Congress To Make Some Driver Waivers Permanent

U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced a bill to help address supply chain shortages and increase the number of truck drivers transporting goods in the U.S. Their bill, the Licensing Individual Commercial Exam-takers Now Safely and Efficiently (LICENSE) Act, would streamline burdensome licensing regulations by making permanent several waivers that the […]

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NORA Names Michael Devine Incoming President

On February 3, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) announced the appointment of Michael Devine as incoming President following the retirement of current President John Huber effective March 1, 2022. Devine comes to NORA after having served as Vice President of Sales & Business Development for World Energy. As part of the Senior Management Team, […]

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National Biodiesel Board Is Now Clean Fuels Alliance America

Industry Association Rebrands to Reflect Diversity of Fuels, Modern Approach The National Biodiesel Board today unveiled its new name and new brand, Clean Fuels Alliance America, during the opening session of the 2022 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The transformation to Clean Fuels helps further the organization’s position as a proven, innovative part of America’s […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — 2022 Priorities — Spotlight PA: Gov. Wolf’s Final Budget Address Will Seek To Cement His Legacy — AP: What To Watch For In Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposal — Gov. Wolf Announces $1.7 Billion Spending Plan For Federal American Rescue Plan Money — PennLive – Jan […]

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PA-IRRC Approves Final Regulations On Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Controls

On January 26, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission unanimously approved final Environmental Quality Board regulations establishing the process for decommissioning Stage II VOC emission controls at service stations. The DEP regulation applies to the five-county Philadelphia area– Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties– and the seven- county Pittsburgh area–  Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, […]

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TSA Urges Drivers To Apply For Background Check 60 Days In Advance Of HME Renewal Due To Processing Delays

EMA has received an increasing number of calls from CDL drivers who are experiencing delays in processing security background checks required for hazardous material endorsements (HME). EMA reached out to TSA to inquire whether the delays are significant enough to warrant a temporary waiver of the Security Threat Assessment (STA) similar to the waiver granted […]

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EMA Votes No On Proposed NFPA Code That Would Restrict EV Charging Placement At Retail Gasoline Stations

EMA submitted a “no” vote on a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Temporary Interim Standard (TIA) regulating the placement of EV charging stations at motor fuel dispensing stations. The setback requirements in the proposed standard are so restrictive that it could prevent the installation of EV chargers at most existing retail gasoline stations. The proposed […]

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Biden Administration Moving Forward With Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

After consideration beginning in April 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with plans to ban menthol cigarettes. The FDA announced on January 28 that it would issue two proposed rules, one prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and another prohibiting all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars—by spring. The […]

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Fuels Institute Examines Environmental Impact of EVs vs. ICEVs

The Fuel Institute released a new report titled Life Cycle Analysis Comparison – Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles. The report provides an evaluation of the life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), and battery electric vehicles (BEV). The GHG life cycle includes vehicle manufacturing, […]

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Analysis Shows Carbon Reduction Cost Out Of Reach

A new analysis from McKinsey & Co. estimates that the investment, in new infrastructure and systems, needed to meet international climate goals could be $9.2 trillion a year annually through 2050. That’s at least $3.5 trillion more a year than the world is currently laying out for both low-carbon and fossil-fuel infrastructure and changes in […]

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Reminder: IRS Warns of Significant Claim Processing Delays In 2022

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to expect significant delays in the processing of tax returns during 2022 according to a new report to Congress by the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate. The warning applies to all filings, including those related to federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) and biodiesel blender claims. Energy marketers have been […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — 2022 Priorities — WITF: Republican Budget Chiefs Want PA’s Plethora Of Pandemic-Era Cash Used ‘Judiciously’ — Governor’s Budget Address Feb. 8 — PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol — AP: U.S. House Committee Investigating Assault On U.S. Capitol Subpoenas 2 Fake 2020 Republican Electors […]

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Invitation To Participate On A PPA Committee In 2022

PPA encourages you to participate in a committee this year. Your voice will help shape the direction of the association on important topics and initiatives. PPA Committees — Convention Committee: Assist the association in coordinating the various conferences that take place throughout the year as well as the annual membership meeting. The committee will provide […]

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Commonwealth Developing EV Spending Plan For Federal Infrastructure Funding

At the January 20 meeting of DEP’s Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition, a presentation was made by PennDOT regarding the plan being developed by the Commonwealth to distribute the several hundred million dollars coming to the state for electric vehicle infrastructure rebates pursuant to the recently enacted federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The priority of these grants […]

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PA House Hosts Public Hearing To Consider Privatizing Pennsylvania Liquor Sales

On January 24, the House Liquor Control Committee will conduct a public hearing on House Bill 2272 sponsored by Rep. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny) that seeks to abolish the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Commission by amending the state constitution. If passed by the General Assembly in two separate legislative years, the question would then go on the […]

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Congressional Update: Build Back Better-Lite?

Lawmakers departed Washington Friday with a recess scheduled for this week and Democrats reeling from a lack of progress on voting rights and filibuster reform. As for the latest on the stalled Build Back Better (BBB) Act – Democrats’ $1.75 trillion climate change, tax, health care, and education package – President Biden said that Congress […]

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FMCSA’s New Vision Standard Replaces Current CDL DRIVER Vision Exemption Program

The FMCSA issued a final rule that allows certain CDL drivers with otherwise disqualifying visual acuity and field of vision conditions the chance to maintain their CDL medical qualification under a new alternative vision standard. Currently, drivers with visual acuity and field of vision deficiencies are prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they […]

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Annual EPCRA TIER II Reports Due March 1st

The Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. EPCRA requires facilities to report each year on the storage, use and release of hazardous chemicals (including petroleum products) during the previous calendar year. Typically, Tier II reports are filed with the state or […]

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Swipe Fees Still On Schedule To Rise In April

On January 13, 2022 Visa and Mastercard reminded retailers that the plan that was originally set for 2020 but delayed because of the pandemic, will take place this April – an increase of 0.5 percent in retailer fees. Bloomberg estimates that when Visa and Mastercard increase their fees by 0.5 percent, expect the merchant fees […]

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How To Order Your Free COVID Tests

Remember to order your household’s 4 free Covid tests by going to: COVIDtests.gov – Free at-home COVID-19 tests. Tests will start shipping the week of January 24. To place an order, all you need is your name and residential address. No ID, credit card, or health insurance information is required.  You may also share your […]

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Bill Introduced In Congress To Electrify LIHEAP Funding

Last week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Jammal Bowman (D-NY) introduced the “Heating and Cooling Relief Act,” which would increase LIHEAP funding to $40 billion per year through 2031 and expand eligibility from 150 percent of the poverty level to 250 percent. Unfortunately, the bill would allow states to use approximately one-third of LIHEAP […]

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ExxonMobil Pledges To Meet Net-Zero Carbon Emissions By 2050

On Tuesday, ExxonMobil announced its “ambition” to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions for operated assets by 2050, backed by a comprehensive approach to develop detailed emission-reduction roadmaps for major facilities and assets. Click Here to read the Reuters article. TAP HERE for all articles in January 24 EXPRESS Update

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — 2022 Priorities — Gov. Wolf Highlights Strong Financial Position Of Commonwealth Going Into Next Budget  [He forgot to thank Biden & Congress for billions in federal aid]  — PA Cap-Star: Wolf Touts Multi-Billion State Surplus, But Projections Depict Gloomy Fiscal Future — TribLive: Wolf Joins […]

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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Resolution That Would Keep PA Out Of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Republicans Call For Override

On January 10, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed and disapproved Senate Concurrent Regulatory Review Resolution 1, which would have disabled the Commonwealth’s opportunity to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and effectively achieve climate goals and reduce carbon emissions. The concurrent resolution is also procedurally defective, as the General Assembly failed to adopt it within […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down OSHA Vaccine Or Test Rule

On January 13, in a 6 to 3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration from enforcing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) COVID 19 vaccine or test requirements. The ruling effectively kills the vaccine or test rule for private employers. The OSHA rule required workers at businesses with more than […]

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IRS Warns Of Significant Claim Processing Delays; Marketers Urged To File Electronically To Minimize Refund Delays

The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to expect significant delays in the processing of tax returns during 2022 according to a new report to Congress by the IRS’s Taxpayer Advocate. The warning applies to all filings including those related to federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) and biodiesel blender claims. Energy marketers have been […]

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U.S. House Agriculture Committee Holds Hearing On Implications Of EVs On Rural America

Last week, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee held a hearing discussing the implications of electric vehicle (EV) investments for rural America. Representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Southern Company, General Motors (GM), Sheetz, and others participated. Lawmakers broadly argued that consumers – not government – should drive EV market incentives and noted the importance […]

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FMCSA Releases Random Drug And Alcohol Testing Rates For 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) last week announced calendar year 2022 minimum random drug and alcohol testing rates for CDL drivers and other hazardous material employees. The test rates are the minimum percentage of employees subject to U.S. DOT drug and alcohol requirements w