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 Beings 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 who must undergo a random test during the 2022 calendar […]

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EMA Joins Other Industries In Comments Concerning The Drive Safe Pilot Program

Last week EMA joined other organizations in a letter strongly supporting the apprenticeship pilot program contained in section 23022 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) efforts to implement the program in a timely manner. However, we have concerns with requirements submitted by FMCSA to […]

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EMA To Congress, White House: Focus On Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Constraints Instead Of Hurting Americans With Tax Increases

EMA joined other business trade groups in a letter urging Congress and the Administration to end efforts to pass the multi-trillion-dollar tax increase included in the Build Back Better (BBB) bill and focus instead on the challenges confronting American families and businesses today – rising prices, labor shortages, and ongoing supply chain constraints. $500 billion […]

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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 — TribLive Guest Essay: Final Year Will Focus On Issues That Matter Most – Gov. Wolf — MCall Guest Essay: How We Helped Stabilize PA’s Economy During Pandemic – Sen. Browne (R) — PA’s Role In Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol — […]

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Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming PPA Events In 2022

Save the date for 2022 PPA conferences and events.  More details will be released in the upcoming months– — May 22-25: Eastern Energy Expo.  Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT — June 13-14: PPA Summer Leadership Conference. ICONA Avalon, Avalon, NJ — October 11: PPA & Women In Energy Golf Outing.  Hershey Country Club, Hershey — October […]

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FMCSA Issues Regional HOS Waiver For Heating Fuel, Propane Drivers

On January 7, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regional driver hours of service (HOS) waiver for heating oil, propane and natural gas.  According to the FMCSA, the emergency is in response to winter storms and high demand resulting in decreased availability of heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, […]

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PPA’s Monthly Webinar Series Resumes In February

PPA is excited to announce the return of our monthly webinar series! Here’s what’s on tap so far–. — February 1 – 9:00 a.m.: New FMCSA Requirements for CDL Entry-Level Drivers. This FMCSA change becomes effective February 7, 2022 and will impact all PPA members who transport fuel. — March 1 – 9:00 a.m.: Understanding […]

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Automated Highway Work Zone Speed Enforcement Now Being Implemented

PennDOT, the PA Turnpike and the State Police are now actively using an Automated Highway Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program in order to improve worker safety and driver behaviors in highway work areas. Since 2020, they have set up automatic equipment in selected work zones to photograph license plates of vehicles going in excess of […]

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Annual OSHA Workplace Injury And Illness Posting Begins February 1st

The 2021 posting cycle for OSHA’s workplace injury and illness reporting rule begins on February 1, 2022 and runs through April 30. The OSHA injury and illness recording and posting requirements apply to most establishments (workplaces) with more than 10 employees. However, there are exemptions from recordkeeping for certain establishments such as gasoline stations. OSHA […]

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Reminder: OSHA COVID-19 ETS

OSHA released a final emergency temporary standard (ETS) in November requiring employee COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing at all employers with 100 or more employees. The ETS was stayed by a federal court last month which delayed the original December 5, 2021 compliance deadline. On Dec. 17, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted […]

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Capitol Hill Update: Build Back Better In A Bind

The Senate made no progress on the Build Back Better Act (BBB) in the first week back in session following Senator Manchin’s (D-WV) announcement that he could not support the current plan. While Senator Manchin affirmed that he agreed with Democratic leaders and the White House on certain aspects of the bill, including much of […]

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

— 2021 Year In Review — PennLive – Charles Thompson: 20 Pennsylvanians To Watch In 2022 — PA’s Role In Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol — Spotlight PA: Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol: A Complete Guide To What We Know About Pennsylvania’s Role — PA Cap-Star: Assault On U.S. Capitol Lays Bare PA […]

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PA Petroleum Association 2021 Year In Review

Click Here for a complete recap of advocacy and education activities. 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 […]

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PPA Welcomes Four 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. — N/A in December Retail Convenience Store Operator: […]

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

— 2021 Year In Review — TribLive: Looking Ahead To 2022: Pandemic Continues, Campaigns Heat Up, New Pittsburgh Mayor And More — PA Cap-Star: Top 5 Stories Of 2021 – PA Republican Cong. Kelly Came Closer Than You Think To Stealing The Election For Former President — WHYY: The Top Destination For Biden During His […]

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2022 – 2023 PPA Advertising Opportunities

PPA has several exciting advertising opportunities for members in 2022-23– Membership Directory             Please consider placing an advertisement in the 2022 – 2023 PPA membership directory. Our membership directory (both print and digital) is utilized by 400+ petroleum and energy professionals. Most of the individuals who receive the PPA membership directory are owners or key […]

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FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Annual Reminder

Here’s a quick update on the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse–             Annual Queries – Are You Up-To-Date? Employers of CDL drivers must conduct a query in the Clearinghouse at least once per year for each CDL driver they employ (for more details on employer requirements, see 49 CFR?382.701). A limited query satisfies the annual […]

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EMA Urges FMCSA To Delay Entry Level Driver Training Requirements

Thursday, EMA sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation to extend the compliance deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule. The ELDT rule establishes new knowledge and behind the wheel testing for new applicants who wish to obtain a CDL license for the first time […]

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New Rule Allows DOE To Once Again Consider Increased Appliance Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy released a new rule on Tuesday that revokes a rule finalized during the Trump Administration. Essentially, the Trump rule barred the Department of Energy from using different techniques in appliance designs to increase efficiency, such as venting changes. As a result, DOE could not proceed with a rulemaking to increase […]

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2022 Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rates And Credits

As a service, EMA published Federal motor fuel excise tax rates that include the 1/10th cpg non-refundable LUST tax imposed on both dyed and clear liquid fuel. There is no refund of the LUST tax. Tax exempt parties are required to pay the .001 cpg.             Click Here for a table of 2022 Federal Motor […]

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Biden Administration Finalizes Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards Rule

On Monday, the Biden Administration released its final Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) to significantly tighten light truck and car fuel efficiency. The new efficiency standards will result in a 40-mpg requirement for light trucks and cars by 2026. By comparison, the Trump era CAFE standards required a 32-mpg efficiency requirement by 2026. Under […]

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

— New Voting Districts – Senate, House — Inquirer: Reapportionment Chair Mark Nordenberg On Drawing New Voting Districts, Republican Attacks And What Comes Next — Spotlight PA: PA Redistricting Maps: Search How To See Your Old, New Voting Districts — AP: PA Secretary Of State Issues Warnings To Lawmakers  Over Voting District Map Delays Affecting […]

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PA House Passes Resolution To Block Final RGGI Regulation, But Wolf Plans Veto

On December 15, the House voted 130-70 to adopt a concurrent resolution to block final regulations limiting carbon dioxide pollution from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.             However, the vote margin was not enough to achieve the two-thirds vote needed to override Gov. Wolf’s expected veto of the resolution.             That […]

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PA House Advances Version Of Energy Choice Bill

The state House this past week advanced House Bill 1947 (O’Neal-R-Washington) that would preempt municipalities from enacting local ordinances that would regulate or prohibit energy use in their jurisdictions. The legislation, also known as the Ban the Ban bill, was introduced in the House by Representative Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) in October. Last week the bill […]

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Co-Sponsorship Memo Released To Reform Beer Law For PA Convenience Stores

PPA has been working on a legislative proposal that would give convenience store operators easier access to acquire licenses to sell beer. Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) has drafted a bill that would create a C Store License category in the Liquor Code. This past week, he officially circulated a co-sponsorship memo to all members of […]

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PA Legislation Introduced To Establish Legality Of Skill Games

Earlier this month, Rep Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming ) introduced legislation that would establish in state law the legality of skill games. House Bill 2133 would create licensee and tax requirements for the operation of the games. Skill games currently have been operating in the state because of two county court decisions which held that skill […]

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Biden Administration Initiates Plan To Relieve Nationwide CDL Driver Shortage

The Biden Administration on Thursday announced a comprehensive plan to address the nationwide shortage of qualified CDL drivers. The Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce takes several steps to speed up the CDL licensing process and recruit new drivers into the profession. The plan is part of a wider effort by the administration to […]

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Biden Administration Releases Plan To Build 500,000 EV Charging Stations

On December 13, the Biden Administration released a federal strategy to build 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations across the country with the goal of bringing down the cost of electric vehicle ownership.             The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which sets aside $5 billion for states to build the charging stations and provides […]

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Federal Highway Administration Prohibits Fee Paid EV Chargers At Rest Areas

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued guidance last week clarifying that fee paid EV charging stations cannot be located within the interstate right of way (ROW), including rest areas. This is good news for energy marketers who have long fought against commercialization of rest areas. Commercialized rest areas siphon customers away from local gas stations […]

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Life Cycle Carbon Emissions Of Electric vs. Combustion Vehicles

The Fuels Institute has recently completed an analysis of the life cycle carbon emissions for electric and combustion vehicles. The “Life Cycle Analysis Comparison – Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles,” report, due to be released in January 2022, looks at the carbon emissions from each phase in the life cycle of battery electric vehicles […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — New Voting Districts – Senate, House — PA Cap-Star: 2022 PA Incumbent Retirement And Primary Tracker — PA Cap-Star: Reapportionment Panel Approves New Senate, House Voting District Maps That Leaves Incumbents In The Lurch — TribLive Editorial: Republicans Shouldn’t Overreact To New Proposed Senate, […]

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PPA Elects New Officers At December Board Of Directors Meeting

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Board of Directors elected the following individuals to serve in the top leadership positions for the organization. The elections took place at the December 1, 2021 Board of Directors meeting held at the Hilton Harrisburg. The three (3) year officer terms will become effective on January 1, 2022 and expire on […]

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Pennsylvania Oil Franchise Tax Set For 2022

The Department of Revenue has published a notice in the December 11 PA Bulletin announcing the Oil Company Franchise Tax Rate for 2022. For comparison purposes, Click Here for the PA Bulletin notice announcing the Oil Company Franchise Tax Rate for 2021. Click Here to compare the rate in previous years. TAP HERE for all […]

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EMA Summary Of 2022 Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rates And Credits

EMA put together a summary of Federal motor fuel excise tax rates that include the 1/10th cpg non-refundable LUST tax imposed on both dyed and clear liquid fuel. EMA noted there is no refund of the LUST tax. Tax exempt parties are required to pay the .001 cpg. Click Here to read the summary. TAP […]

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PA Attorney General’s Office Approves RGGI Final Regulation, House Poised To Vote On Resolution To Block The Rule

Last week the Office of Attorney General approved the final DEP regulation allowing Pennsylvania to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, in spite of comments raising serious concerns about the regulation by Josh Shapiro.             His Office said its review for “form and legality” prevents it from […]

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USDA To Make $100 Million Available In New Funds For Biofuel Infrastructure Grants

On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA intends to make up to $100 million available in new funds for grants for biofuels infrastructure, such as blender pumps which ensure biofuels have greater availability in the retail market.  The funding will provide grants to refueling and distribution facilities for cost of installation, […]

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EPA Proposes To Slash Ethanol Blending Mandates For 2020 And 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed RFS annual blending mandates this week that significantly lower renewable fuel (ethanol) volumes for 2021. The EPA is proposing to set the 2021 renewable fuel blending mandate at 13.3 billion gallons. Also, in an unprecedented move, the agency is proposing to retroactively reduce the 2020 renewable fuel (ethanol) […]

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Edison Electric Institute (EEI) forms the National Electric Highway Coalition

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is forming the National Electric Highway Coalition which currently consists of 51 investor-owned electric companies, one electric cooperative and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The coalition aims to provide electric vehicle (EV) fast charging ports along major U.S. travel corridors by the end of 2023. Click Here for the story. TAP […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — Drawing New Voting Districts — NextPittsburgh: House Expected To Vote On Proposed PA Congressional Redistricting Map Monday — Spotlight PA: See How The Proposed PA Congressional Voting District Map Scores In Every Key Area — AP: Lawmakers To Take First Steps Toward New Congressional […]

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PPA Welcomes Six 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. — Button Oil Company (Mountain Top, PA) — […]

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FMCSA Extends National Waiver for HOS, Medical Exams, Medical Certificates & Renewal of CDL Licenses

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is extending a number of expiring nationwide regulatory waivers authorized under the March 13, 2020 presidential declaration of national emergency and the January 31, 2020 public health emergency issued in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the extended regulatory waivers are beneficial to energy marketers and […]

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Congressional Update: No Govt. Shutdown For Now; New COVID Plan; FTC Investigation

Thursday, Congress reached an agreement to continue government funding at fiscal year 2021 levels through February 18, 2022.             No Senate Budget Action Meanwhile, the Senate has yet to focus in earnest on the House-passed Build Back Better Act (BBB) – President’s Biden’s $1.75 trillion tax-and-spend package covering the Administration’s priority issues including climate change, […]

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Report: EPA Likely To Lower Corn Ethanol Mandate For 2020 And 2021

According to Reuters, the U.S. EPA plans to publish its long awaited proposed Renewable Fuels Standard in a matter of days. The EPA is expected to reduce blending mandates for 2020 to 17.1 billion gallons and 18.6 billion gallons for 2021. The EPA delayed decisions on 2021 blending obligations by more than a year and […]

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U.S. DOT Calls For Comments About New Charging, Fueling Infrastructure Programs

The recently enacted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests in the deployment of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure through a National Electric Vehicle Formula Program (EV Charging Program). The law provides funding to States to strategically deploy EV charging infrastructure and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. Specifically, funds from the […]

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Fuels Institute Releases The Diesel Fuel Sampling Study

The Fuels Institute’s Diesel Fuel Quality Council released the final report on the Diesel Fuel Sampling Study. The study sampled diesel fuel from 190 nozzles and 134 tanks at 119 retail and 15 non-retail fueling facilities throughout the US. Samples were analyzed for a variety of parameters important to fuel quality. T he report provides […]

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In Memoriam: Kenneth E. Jones, President Of Reed Oil Company

PPA regrets to inform you of the passing of Kenneth E. Jones, President of the Reed Oil Company in New Castle, on November 2 at the age of 70.             Ken proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.             The things that mattered the most to Ken […]

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Husky Energy Offering Co-op/Internship Opportunities In Ohio & Wisconsin In 2022

Columbus, Ohio-based Husky Energy announced the availability of co-op and internship opportunities in Ohio and Wisconsin for the Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters in 2022.             The co-op/intern positions offer competitive wages, relocation assistance and the opportunity to work alongside industry leading professionals.             Preference will be given to students in the third or fourth […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — Drawing New Voting Districts — WHYY: PA Lawmakers Prepare For A Month Of Intense Redistricting Negotiations — TribLive/Inquirer: Wolf Will Use Computer-Drawn Maps And Other Tools To Help Spot PA Gerrymandering — PA Cap-Star: Advocates Want More Diverse General Assembly; But Making That A […]

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PPA Launches Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation For Technical Students!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to introduce the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation! This newly established 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation was created to offer tuition assistance for individuals who will be enrolling into the PPATEC 10-week HVAC & Energy Professional Program. PPATEC plans to begin offering this gateway training program in July 2022 to encourage […]

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SBA Offering Billions In COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loans Before December 31

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced updated guidance for COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program applicants to better serve small business owners in need, while funding remains available. The COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs still have billions of dollars available to help small businesses hard hit by […]

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Important Information On Retail Engine Oil Labeling Change

The 2022 edition of the National Conference on Weights and Measures’ Handbook 130 will include new requirements for inactive or obsolete engine oil service categories. The two key changes are as follows: The SAE J300 cautionary statement for obsolete American Petroleum Institute (API) service categories must appear on the front or forward-facing container label. It […]

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Congressional Update: Build Back Better Budget Work Continues; RFS Action

On Friday, November 19, the House passed the Build Back Better Act – President Biden’s $1.75 trillion climate change, healthcare, and education package – by a vote of 220-213. The bill now moves to the Senate, which has an uncertain timetable. First, the Senate Parliamentarian will take meetings with Republican and Democratic Senators to review […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — Flurry Of Constitutional Amendments — ABC27: Naked Power Grab?  PA Republican-Controlled Legislature Increasingly Pushing Constitutional Amendments To Get Their Way — PA Cap-Star Guest Essay: PA Republicans Attack On Executive Power Is An Undemocratic Attack On Our System Of Democracy – By Patrick Beaty […]

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PA Environmental Quality Board Approves Final Stage I & II Reg. Changes

On November 16, the Environmental Quality Board voted to approve the final regulations making changes to Stage I and II volatile organic compound emission controls on underground gasoline storage tanks. The EQB voted 17-2 to approve the regulation. The representatives of the Republican Chairs of the Senate and House opposed the approval-later citing concerns regarding […]

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Last Three Governors Abandon Regional Transportation & Climate Initiative

Last week the last three states in the Regional Transportation & Climate Initiative– Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island–  announced they were dropping out, leaving only the District of Columbia.             In December 2020, Pennsylvania decided not to sign on to the TCI initiative.  Read more here.             The TCI was intended to reduce the climate […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Human Services Releases $3.37 Billion In LIHEAP Grants; PA’s Share $182.8 Million

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announced the release of nearly $3.37 billion of Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 regular block grant funding to Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients.             Pennsylvania’s share is $182.8 million. States may use LIHEAP funds to help low-income households pay for heating and cooling […]

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U.S. House Passes Build Back Better Budget Plan; Changes Coming In Senate

Friday morning, the U.S. House approved the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act (BBB), the second piece of President Biden’s legislative agenda that focuses on climate change, health care, education, and tax reform. Click Here to read an updated summary of provisions with changes from the original proposal highlighted. The House had planned to vote […]

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President Asks FTC To Investigate Fuel Prices At The Pump

Last Wednesday, President Biden asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate prices at the pump, suggesting illegal conduct by the oil industry is the cause of the recent price spike. To support his claim of “anti-consumer behavior by oil-and-gas companies,” the president said in his letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan that, “Usually, prices […]

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Federal Court Orders OSHA To Suspend Enforcement Workplace Vaccinate/Test Mandate

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced last week it is suspending enforcement of its controversial COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses. OSHA made the announcement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld an injunction preventing the rule from taking effect. In a written opinion, the […]

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IRS Clarifies Timing, Allocation Of Forgiven PPP Loans

The IRS released guidance last week clarifying when amounts excluded from gross income in connection with forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are considered received or accrued for tax purposes and how partnerships should allocate such amounts– — Rev. Proc. 2021-48 said amounts excluded from gross income in connection with forgiven PPP loans can be […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — AP: State Lawmakers, Officials, Judges Get Big Automatic Pay Raises In 2022 Inflation is driving up consumer prices and will drive a big salary increase for Pennsylvania state lawmakers, judges and top executive branch officials in 2022. For many of these positions, it’s the […]

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PPA: Contact Your State Legislator To Support Energy Choice Legislation

Earlier this year Senate Bill 275 was introduced by Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) to prohibit municipalities from adopting ordinances that would restrict specific energy sources within their jurisdictions. The PPA initially consulted with Senator Yaw’s staff to confirm that the bill covers heating oil and propane. The PPA then submitted written testimony in May to […]

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Gov. Wolf Highlights Anticipated Funding For PA Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

Gov. Tom Wolf shared an overview of enhancements Pennsylvania anticipates receiving through the passage of President Joe Biden’s bold, historic $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. “This comprehensive package will provide critical federal funding to Pennsylvania’s infrastructure, support economic growth throughout the Commonwealth, and provide stable, good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “Restoring […]

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DEP Suspends Enforcement Of California Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program; Federal Standards Will Still Apply

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the November 6 PA Bulletin it is suspending the enforcement of the California Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions Control Program in Pennsylvania through July 31, 2023. The suspension means the federal standards for heavy-duty diesel vehicles and engines will apply in Pennsylvania. According to the PA Motor Truck Association, […]

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PA House Committee Reports Out Resolution To Block Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Regulation

On November 8, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted along party-lines– Republicans supporting– to report out Senate Concurrent Resolution #1 disapproving of the final regulation limiting carbon emissions from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.             The resolution now goes to the full House for consideration and then, if passed, […]

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DEP Sets Jan. 7 Deadline For Clean Diesel Grants Through Driving PA Forward Program

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting applications for Clean Diesel Grants under the Driving PA Forward Program until January 7, 2022.  (formal notice) The Department is seeking applications for projects that will replace or retrofit diesel-powered highway and nonroad fleet vehicles, engines and equipment. The majority of the vehicle or engine’s annual operation […]

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Congressional Update: Biden’s Build Back Better Budget Proposal Next On Agenda

On November 5, the House passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), by a vote of 228-208, sending the bill to the President’s desk. Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats and President Biden continue to navigate an uncertain future for the partisan Build Back Better (BBB) reconciliation bill. Thirteen Republicans voted […]

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Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Stays OSHA’s Mandatory Vaccinations Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a stay of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which was announced last Thursday, temporarily halting the requirement that employers with 100 or more employees implement policies mandating that workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus or provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test at least […]

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Flurry Of Legal, Other Actions Challenging Federal Vaccine Mandates

At least seven states with State Plans are considering whether to challenge the Biden Administration’s ETS in court, despite the Biden Administration warning that State Plans that fail to comply could be revoked. This includes Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming. Separately, numerous Republican state Attorneys General have filed lawsuits against the […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — General Assembly Wants To Expand Powers Over Executive — House Speaker Cutler: People Have A Right To Restore Balance In Constitution — Spotlight PA: Republican House Speaker Wants To Greatly Expand Lawmakers’ Power Over Governor, Executive Branch — City & State: Republicans Unveil New […]

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Congressional Update: U.S. House Sends $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill To Biden’s Desk

Late on November 5, the U.S. House voted to approve the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, sending it to President Biden for his approval.             Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation voted along party lines on the legislation– Republicans opposing, except for Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick who voted in favor of the bill.             Among other provisions, the […]

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PPA Welcomes Five New Members In October

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.             None added in October             Associate […]

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PA Environmental Quality Board Meets Nov. 16 On Final Stage I & II Reg. Changes

The Environmental Quality Board is scheduled to meet on November 16 to take action on the final regulations making changes to Stage I and II volatile organic compound emission controls on underground gasoline storage tanks.             The regulation allows owners and operators of gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) to remove or decommission all Stage II vapor […]

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Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation Receives IRS Tax Exemption Status

Earlier this year, the PPA established the Robert V. Boltz Scholarship Foundation. The newly created 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation was created to offer tuition assistance for individuals who will be enrolling into the PPATEC 10-week HVAC & Energy Professional Program. PPATEC plans to begin offering this gateway program in July 2022 to encourage more individuals to […]

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Free Webinar Nov. 10: OSHA’s New Vaccine Or Test Rule: What Employers Need to Know

The Energy Marketers of America (EMA) is inviting PPA members to this Small Business Legislative Counsel (SBLC) webinar Wednesday, November 10 starting at Noon EST. In this webinar, SBLC Strategic Policy Director and Paley Rothman employment law attorney Jessica Summers will discuss the new OSHA emergency rule requiring employers with 100 or more employees to […]

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EMA Opposes Tax Hikes In Biden’s Build Back Better Plan

Last week, EMA joined other associations in a letter urging Congress to oppose tax hikes on “Main Street businesses” that are in the Biden Administration’s  Build Back Better Framework. The BBB would expand the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) to all pass-through business income; impose a new surtax of up to 8 percent […]

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Congressional Republicans Release Climate Change Legislation

Last week, Republican Senators Dan Sullivan (AK), Kevin Cramer (ND), and Cynthia Lummis (WY) — all representing major oil producing states released the “American Energy, Jobs, and Climate” plan, which aims to cut global emissions up to 40 percent from today’s levels by 2050.             Click Here for the full announcement. TAP HERE for all […]

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Recognizing October POMPAC Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize the following POMPAC contributions in October:             POMPAC Monthly Supporters             Scott Walton (Platinum), Quincy Longacre (Gold), Steve Oehlert (Gold), Ted Harris (Sliver), & Mark Smith (Bronze)             PPA Fall Energy Conference & Golf Outing             The PPA would like to recognize and thank all of […]

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EMA Joins Coalition In Open Letter To Biden On Supply Chain

EMA joined 100 other associations in a letter to President Biden on Supply Chain Solutions this week. The 5 solutions include support for the Drive Safe Act to allow younger, qualified drivers – between the ages of 18 and 20 – who satisfy rigorous safety, training, and technology requirements to operate in interstate commerce. We […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — November 2 Election Results – Analysis — AP: 2021 Gives PA Republicans More Hope For Big 2022 Election — AP: Local Democrats Warn Party: Growing Republican Wave Is Real — ErieT: What This Year’s PA Election Results Mean For Critical 2022 Races — PA […]

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Congressional Update – What’s In/Out Of Revised Biden Build Back Better Plan

Last Week, Congressional Democrats moved closer towards passing President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda by announcing a $1.75 trillion domestic policy package focusing on climate change, healthcare, and tax reform. Notably, this new framework excludes several harmful provisions from the original proposal. The $1.75 trillion framework comes after extensive negotiations between progressive Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin […]

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Coalition Formed To Strengthen Price Discrimination Law

Yesterday, the National Grocers Association formed the Main Street Competition Coalition to promote competition by strengthening enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act (“RPA”), the only federal price discrimination law to ensure a level playing field for the benefit of both businesses and consumers. Members of the MSCC include the Energy Marketers of America as well as […]

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Bills Introduced In Congress To Study Biofuels vs Electricity

In an effort to expand uses for biofuels, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) recently introduced the “Comparison of Sustainable Transportation (COST) Act” and the “Biojet Fuel Research Act.” These new proposals will explore ways the federal government could use biofuels to reduce transportation costs while lowering carbon emissions. “We should not be so quick to […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– November 2 Election– — Spotlight PA: Last-Minute Guide To Essential PA Voter Prep For 2021 General Election — PennLive – John Baer: Election Day Is Looming, What’s A Voter To Do? — PennLive Guest Essay: If You Care About The Future Of This Country, Vote […]

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PA Energy Choice Bill Reported Out Of PA Senate Committee

The Energy Choice bill (SB 275) introduced by Senator Yaw (R-Lycoming) was reported from the Senate Local Government Committee last week. Also known as the Ban the Ban bill, the legislation would preempt municipalities from adopting regulations that would prohibit or regulate energy sources within their jurisdictions. The bill is in response to reports of […]

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

On October 18, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead joined Public Utility Commission Chair Gladys Brown Dutrieuille to announce the start of the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2021-22 season. LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by DHS that provides assistance for home heating bills so […]

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FMCSA PA Division Hosting Webinars On Entry Level Driving Training, Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA Pennsylvania Division will be hosting FREE educational seminars designed to help carriers familiarize themselves with important safety programs impacting the motor carrier industry. The webinars are scheduled to be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on these dates– — November 10: Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT).  The Entry Level Driver Training requirements will […]

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EMA Opposes Proposals To Transfer More Banking Data To The IRS

Recently, EMA joined 100 other associations in a letter to Senate and House Leadership in opposition to any proposal that would require financial institutions to report to the IRS on transactions in business and personal accounts. Click Here to read the letter. The proposed new tax information reporting regime as described by the Department of […]

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Congressional Update: Still Working On Budget; Infrastructure Bills

As of October 22, negotiations continue between House Democrats, Senate Democrats, and the White House over how to pass the two most consequential portions of President Biden’s legislative agenda: (1) the bipartisan Senate-passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, and (2) a partisan reconciliation package containing a variety of Democratic climate change, tax, and healthcare priorities. Initially, […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — November 2 Election — Inquirer: Republican National Committee Chair: ‘Freedom Will Win’ In PA Judicial Elections Next Month — Inquirer: PA Bar Assn. Criticizes TV Ad By Republican PA Supreme Court Candidate Kevin Brobson — Spotlight PA: Things To Know About Nov. 2 Election […]

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PPA Elects Four New Directors at October 14 Annual Membership Meeting

The PPA is excited to announce Jason Flohr (Edris Oil Service, Inc.), Mike Hinds (Hinds Energy), Tim Redshaw (Countywide Petroleum) and Tom Studebaker (Star Group, L.P.) have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Their three year terms will become effective January 1, 2022.             Click Here to view a complete list of […]

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DHS/PUC To Announce LIHEAP Opening October 18

The Department of Human Services and the Public Utility Commission will announce the opening of Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for applications on October 18. Among the changes for the new year– — Income eligibility guidelines have increased to $6,810 per person in a household– up $90 from last year– starting at $19,320 […]

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DEP Proposes To Require 22% Of Passenger, Light Duty Vehicle Fleet Be Zero Emission

On October 14, the Department of Environmental Protection presented a proposed regulation that would adopt California’s existing Zero Emission Vehicle Program that requires 22 percent of the new passenger and light duty vehicle fleets offered for sale in the state be zero emission vehicles starting in model year 2025.             The 22 percent requirement equals […]

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OSHA Vaccination/Testing Mandate Takes One Last Step Before Final Rulemaking

Last week, OSHA formally submitted its “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard Rulemaking” to the Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB will attempt to review the rule quickly to make it effective as soon as possible. How OSHA will enforce the mandate, which is estimated to cover over 80 million workers, is […]

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EMA Urges Congress To Make Current Limit On Business Interest Deduction Permanent

EMA joined other associations, representing thousands of businesses and workers throughout the country, in a letter to leadership of the tax writing committees in the House and Senate in strong opposition of the Small Business Tax Fairness Act (S.2387) and other recent proposals to change the 199A deduction. EMA has serious concerns that the proposed […]

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Congressional Update: Budget Discussions Continue; Concessions On Energy?

President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are continuing negotiations to trim their once-$3.5 trillion signature domestic policy package (the Build Back Better Act) to a topline figure between $1.5 and $2.3 trillion. Paring down topline spending means lawmakers will not need as many “pay-fors” to cover the cost of social programs (i.e., tax increases), though […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — WITF: Communities Of Color Want To Be ‘Stewards,’ Not ‘Victims’ Of PA Redistricting Plans Touting census data that shows a strong uptick in Pennsylvania’s non-White population, representatives from some of Pennsylvania’s communities of color say new political boundaries should give them a chance for […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Taking Place This Week!

Thank you to all of the members and industry stakeholders who pre-registered for the upcoming PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting at Omni Bedford Springs Resort October 13 & 14. Conference registration is currently closed for the in-person conference due to a significant increase in 2021 attendance and limitations in venue capacity. The finalized […]

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PPA Hosting State Rep. O’Neal To Review Expansion Of C-Store Beer Licensing

As the result of many conversations with many PPA members, the Association has been engaged in crafting a legislative proposal that would address the inherent unfairness to smaller convenience store operators in the current beer licensing system in Pennsylvania. The existing requirement of a prospective facility license to have thirty seats in place for customers […]

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Congressional Update: Infrastructure, Federal Budget Bills Still Center Of Attention

Congress continues to wrestle with ways to pass three major legislative items: (1) the bipartisan Senate-passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act); (2) a partisan reconciliation measure totaling roughly $3.5 trillion; and (3) increasing the debt ceiling before October 18. Last week, the Senate reached a tentative solution to the debt ceiling […]

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EPA Approves Temporary DEF Sensor Bypass Patch Due To Microchip Shortage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together with engine manufacturers have come to an agreement on a software bypass patch that will prevent heavy duty diesel engines from shutting down automatically due to faulty DEF fluid sensors. The software bypass is needed due to the current COVID induced worldwide shortage of microchips needed to manufacture DEF […]

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Ethanol Group Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Allow Year-Round Sale Of E15

Growth Energy has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to review a D.C. Circuit opinion (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA) in which the D.C. Circuit overturned a 2019 Trump era rule allowing year-round sales of E15. The federal Clean Air Act prohibits the summertime sale of […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — PennLive Guest Essay: Redraw PA’s Congressional Voting Districts For Residents, Not Politicians – T.J. Rooney (D) & Alan Novak (R) In every campaign, there are political winners and losers. We should know. As former chairmen of the state’s Republican and Democratic parties, we’ve been […]

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Congressional Update: Infrastructure Bill, Budget Package

Negotiations continue among Congressional Democrats over how to pass the two most significant portions of President Biden’s legislative agenda: (1) the bipartisan Senate-passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, and (2) a partisan budget reconciliation package, in excess of $3.5 trillion.             Over the weekend, Democratic leaders and President Biden delayed votes on both the infrastructure and […]

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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. — ECI Comfort (Langhorne, PA) Associate Members Associate […]

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Groups Ask OSHA For Answers About New Vaccine Mandate

Last week, EMA joined NACS, NATSO and SIGMA in a letter to OSHA Acting Assistant Secretary Jim Frederick concerning questions in response to President Biden’s executive order (EO) directing businesses with more than 100 employees to either require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative COVID-19 test weekly. The Emergency Temporary Standard […]

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Legalizes Marijuana

The House Judiciary marked-up and approved H.R. 3617, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2021. Last Congress, the House passed similar legislation in a bipartisan manner, however, the Senate did not consider the legislation. The MORE Act would make three major changes to federal law. It would: –Remove marijuana, or cannabis, from […]

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EMA Urges EPA To Lower Corn Ethanol Mandate

This week, EMA sent another letter to the EPA requesting urgent action to reduce the corn ethanol mandate. The Administration is under significant pressure to provide relief from labor union leaders and Senators from his home state of Delaware. The EPA is currently considering whether to lower RFS blending obligations. EMA fully believes in renewable […]

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EMA Joins Coalition In Letter To Senate Members On Data Privacy Legislation

Last week, EMA joined 18 national trade group members of the Main Street Privacy Coalition in sending a letter to Chair Cantwell and Ranking Member Wicker with our views on federal data privacy legislation in connection with the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Protecting Consumer Privacy.” Click Here to read the letter. TAP HERE for […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — WESA: PA Legislative Reapportionment Chair Says Process Has Been Transparent, Cites Hearings, Comments Mark Nordenberg, chair of the legislative reapportionment commission, explains how the group tasked with drawing state House and Senate districts is trying to maintain a transparent process while also operating on […]

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PPATEC In The News!

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC) continues to receive recognition for ongoing training initiatives.  Below is a summary of recent articles in the past three months. Learn more about PPATEC by clicking here. — September 21, 2021: LP GAS Magazine – Pennsylvania association launches training facility, program — September 2, 2021: Central Penn […]

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More Details Available About LIHEAP Opening October 18 For Applications

Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting applications on October 18, according to the Department of Human Services. Among the changes for the new year– — Income eligibility guidelines have increased to $6,810 per person in a household– up $90 from last year– starting at $19,320 for the initial person– Up $180 […]

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Reminder: Please Participate In The 2021 PPA Employee Wage & Benefit Survey

PPA is asking you to participate in our annual wage and benefit survey to provide better metrics for our industry.  The deadline to take the survey is September 30. CDL drivers and HVAC technicians are some of the most valuable employees within your organization and this survey helps provide an important benchmark for wages and […]

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Gov. Wolf Releases 2021 PA Climate Action Plan, Calls For Action Now On Climate Change

On September 22, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 and called for statewide action on climate change by all sectors: legislative, government, industry, business, agriculture, and community organizations. “As thousands of Pennsylvanians try to recover from historic flooding and tornadoes related to the remnants of Ida this month, the message is […]

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Congressional Update: Infrastructure, Budget Bills, Government Shutdown?

U.S. House and Senate Democrats continue negotiating a way forward for the $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and a partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. On Saturday, September 25, the House Budget Committee will combine the House committees’ individual portions of the reconciliation package – including the tax provisions – into one […]

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EPA Set To Adopt Significant Cuts In Annual RFS Ethanol Blending Mandates

According to Reuters news wire service, the Biden administration is set to move forward with significant cuts to the annual blending mandates under the RFS. If true, it would mark a significant victory for EMA and the energy marketers it represents. According to documents obtained by Reuters, the Environmental Protection Agency will reduce blending mandates […]

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EMA Opposes Proposals To Transfer More Banking Data To The IRS

Under pressure from U.S. House moderates, President Joe Biden’s plan to require financial institutions to report account flows to the IRS in a bid to improve tax compliance will likely be set at a threshold higher than the $600 proposed. Some estimates are focused on raising the threshold to $10,000. Recently, EMA joined 42 other […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — AG Shapiro: Sues Senate Republicans Over Plan To Subpoena Voters’ Private Data Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his Office has filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania state senators Chris Dush and Jake Corman as well as the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee for their efforts to […]

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Congressional Update: House Works On Burdensome Biden Budget Package

Last week, all U.S. House Committees of jurisdiction advanced their portions of the Build Back Better Act– the Democratic-led budget reconciliation package. The House Ways and Means Committee approved a host of significant tax increases to pay for the package, which as of now would cost in excess of $3 trillion. The burdensome legislation takes […]

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PA Senate & House Committees Pass Resolution Against RGGI

Last week, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a concurrent resolution that would stop the adoption of the final regulation that would have Pennsylvania join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).             On September 2, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee reported out a similar concurrent resolution. The regulation, which would […]

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Drug And Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration For Student Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration process to clarify how student drivers with a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit will register. Student drivers who are employed by a motor carrier must register as a driver (download instructions). Student drivers in a training program that is […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — WHYY: Wolf Creates New Redistricting Oversight Panel Ahead Of Fraught Map-Drawing Process Pennsylvania’s governor issued an executive order Monday creating a new panel of experts to advise him on passing a new congressional map next year.  Tom Wolf, a Democrat, says he’s trying to […]

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Hotel Deadline Approaching – PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

September 20 is the deadline to register for the hotel to attend the October 13-14 PPA Fall Energy Conference at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.             To get special rates, call 1-800-THE-OMNI and use the Group Code: PA Petroleum Association or Click Here to register for a room online. The two-day conference will also feature […]

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State Legislative Session Resumes September 20

The state Senate and House will reconvene session on September 20 after breaking for summer recess. The following are bills are legislation PPA will be particularly engaged in the fall session– — SB 435 (Mensch): The bill would require electric utilities to submit plans to buildout the electric vehicle (EV) charging networks allowing them to […]

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PPA Welcomes Seven 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. — Kratzer Oil Company (Subury, PA) — Seth […]

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New Federal COVID-19 Program Places Additional Regulatory Burdens On Small Businesses

On Friday, President Biden announced a multi-pronged program to fight the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant. The program will require mask and testing requirements for certain public and private employers, mandatory paid time off for testing and vaccination, additional funding for the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and streamlining the Paycheck Protection […]

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LIHEAP Introduces Clean & Tune Pilot Program For Heating Systems

Over the past few years, subgrantees and members of the LIHEAP Advisory Committee (the PPA holds and appointed member seat on this committee) have suggested that a clean and tune program for LIHEAP Crisis clients would be helpful to help clients maintain their new or repaired heating systems and decrease the number of return customers. […]

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EMA Urges U.S. House Tax Committee To Continue Stepped-Up Basis

Last week, EMA joined other members of the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition in a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady to state our unequivocal support for the continuation of stepped-up basis. Stepped-up basis prevents family-owned businesses and farms from being hit with two significant and damaging tax bills […]

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Congressional Update: $3.5 Trillion Budget; Debt Ceiling; EVs; Tax Changes

U.S. House Committees continue to markup their respective portions of the Build Back Better Act, the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that includes Democratic priorities not included in the Senate-passed infrastructure bill.             Clean Electricity/Electric Vehicles The House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee released details about its planned portion of the bill, which will invest $150 […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– — PA Cap-Star: PA Grapples With Competing Redistricting Priorities: ‘It’s A Rubik’s Cube’ Pennsylvania politicians must redraw 17 congressional districts, and 253 legislative seats by the end of the coming fall to match population shifts.  But differing priorities, from as simple a goal as compact […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference Seminar Schedule Now Available

The seminar schedule for the October 13-14 PPA Fall Energy Conference at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort is now available.  The seminars include– October 13– — Conference Golf Outing — Leadership 2021: 5 Winning Strategies To Thrive In The Post-COVID Era — PPA Committee meetings: Next Generation, Propane, Motor Fuel & Convenience Store, Heating Fuels […]

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Please Participate In The 2021 PPA Employee Wage & Benefit Survey

PPA is asking you to participate in our annual wage and benefit survey to provide better metrics for our industry. CDL drivers and HVAC technicians are some of the most valuable employees within your organization and this survey helps provide an important benchmark for wages and benefits. Survey responses are anonymous and limited to one […]

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Final RGGI Regulation Covering Power Plants OK’d By IRRC; House Committee Starts Process To Block Them

On September 1, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve the final Environmental Quality Board regulation to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.             The Commission acted after hearing comments on the regulation for over four hours of comments from those supporting and opposing the regulation.              The IRRC approval order […]

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Nominate A Future PPA Board Member – Including Yourself!

The PA Petroleum Association is seeking four (4) new Directors to serve on the Board of Directors. The three year Director term begins on January 1, 2022. If you are interested in nominating someone– including yourself–  please notify the PPA prior to September 15. Click Here to make a nomination online. The election of new […]

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Save The Date: PA To Open LIHEAP Heating Assistance Program Early This Year

PPA has learned the Department of Human Services will open the Low Income Energy Assistance Program for applications on October 18, about two week earlier than usual.             Although the details are not yet available, PPA understands there may be an increase in cash and crisis grant amounts for this year.             PPA will let […]

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FMCSA Issues Amendment & Extension To Emergency Declaration

On August 31, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an extension and an amendment of its emergency declaration under 49 CFR Section 390.25 effective in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.  The amendment now covers the transportation of certain fuels which was removed from previous waivers. “The extension and amendment of Emergency […]

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Congressional Update: $3.5 Trillion Federal Budget Proposal Grinds On

With members instructed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) respectively to release their portions of the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation package by September 15, House and Senate Committees are actively working to prepare draft text in advance of committee consideration. Among these, the House Ways and […]

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FTC To Ramp Up Focus On Gas Station Acquisitions

As part of the Biden Administration’s efforts to stem the recent increase in retail gasoline prices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has indicated an intent to increase its scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions in the petroleum industry. The FTC’s Chairperson, Lina Kahn, stated that the FTC is interested in determining whether large national chain retailers […]

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FDA Denies Marketing Applications for 55,000 Flavored E-Cigarette Products

The FDA issued the first marketing denial orders (MDOs) for electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products for about 55,000 flavored ENDS products from three applicants. The products from JD Nova Group LLC, Great American Vapes, and Vapor Salon are non-tobacco-flavored ENDS and they include flavors such as Apple Crumble, Dr. Cola and Cinnamon Toast Cereal. […]

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Reminder: Free Commercial Routing App Available To Marketers

Last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) launched an exemplary new Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) app, which DHS funded and INL developed in partnership with EMA through the All Hazards Consortium’s working group, and other industry and government operational professionals. This free app […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 12 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 12 Stories From Harrisburg last week — — WITF: House Lawmakers Get An Earful On How To Redraw PA’s Congressional Maps: ‘Do No Harm’ House lawmakers of the chamber’s powerful State Government committee are starting to get ideas and input on their once-in-a-decade task of redrawing Pennsylvania’s congressional districts.  In an […]

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PPA Hosts Ribbon Cutting Event To Celebrate Expanded Technical Training Facility

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 26 to celebrate an expanded facility, a new 10-week training program, and a new scholarship named for a long-time industry leader, Robert V. Boltz. The ceremony drew over 60 attendees including a visit from state Senator Scott Martin, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. […]

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Congressional Update: Federal Budget Resolution Passes Clearing Way For Infrastructure Bill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives returned from recess to pass the Senate’s budget resolution, which formally unlocks the reconciliation process that will allow Congressional Democrats to pass a domestic spending package without Republican votes. The vote on the resolution was held up due to disagreements with several moderate House Democrats who had threatened […]

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EPA Expected To Seek Reduction In 2021 RFS Blending Mandates To Below 2020 Levels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to recommend to the White House a reduction in 2021 federal renewable fuel blending mandates to below levels approved for 2020. The EPA also is expected to make a separate recommendation to increase blending mandates for 2022 above the previous two years. Annual blending mandates are determined in […]

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USDA Awards $26 Million for Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced it is providing $26 million to build the infrastructure to expand the availability of higher blend renewable fuels at retail sites across the nation. The funding, made through the Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), is designed to help transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol […]

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U.S. House Bill Seeks To Increase Demand For Biofuels

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), along with five other Democrats and Republicans, recently introduced a bill known as the “Next Generation Fuels Act” that seeks to establish a minimum 98 Research Octane Number (RON) standard for gasoline and require sources of additional octane resulting in at least 30 percent fewer GHG emissions than unblended gasoline. The […]

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Fuels Institute’s Diesel Fuel Quality Council Releases Best Practices Document

The Fuels Institute’s Diesel Fuel Quality Council (DFQC) released its second-best practices document related to the handling of diesel fuel. “Diesel Fuel Loading and Delivery: Industry Practices to Minimize Degradation and Improve Fuel Quality” is a seventeen-page document that provides recommended practices for the loading of diesel fuel onto a tanker at a terminal and […]

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Biden Administration Targets Excessive Swipe Fees

Recently, the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) endorsed a May proposal by the Federal Reserve to strengthen the 2011 debit card interchange fee rules (Regulation II) to reign in the rapidly growing “card-not-present” (CNP) transactions such as online shopping, automatic bill payments and new payment methods such as Apple […]

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BGOV Report: EV Infrastructure Push Brings Cyber Concerns

Cyber security experts are concerned that a rush to push EV infrastructure could lead to unintended consequences as EV charging stations are potentially vulnerable to hacking. Click Here to read a Bloomberg Government report as EV charging stations face heightened security concerns as the Biden Administration pushes electrification on American motorists. TAP HERE for all […]

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New Federal Government Website Opened To Help Mitigate Ransomware Risks

StopRansomware.gov is the new ransomware homepage for federal government agencies to pool resources that can give businesses and organizations of all sizes the opportunity to better protect their networks. The website will also highlight the latest ransomware-related alerts from these agencies. Ransomware cases are on the rise. In 2020 there was a 300 percent increase […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– 1. Spotlight PA: In Major Shift, PA Reapportionment Panel Votes To Count Incarcerated People In Home Districts, Not State Prisons Thousands of people incarcerated in state prisons will be counted in their home communities rather than in corrections facilities when Pennsylvania redraws its legislative maps, […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Hotel Cut-Off Date Is Sept. 20

The hotel cut-off date for the 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting is September 20, so act now and make your reservations. Call 1-800-THE-OMNI or Click Here to make reservations at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort using Group Code: PA Petroleum Association. The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take […]

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PA Senate Committee Urges IRRC Disapproval Of Final RGGI Regulation

On August 18, Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), approved sending a letter urging the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) to disapprove the “CO2 Budget Trading Program,” proposed regulation – #7-559 (IRRC #3274).             The vote was 7 to 4, Republicans supporting the letter.  The IRRC is scheduled to […]

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Fuels Institute Releases Best Practices For EV Charging Infrastructure

Fuels Institute’s Electric Vehicle Council released a Best Practice Guide for Installing and Operating Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure last week. The report provides a discussion of questions and issues that sites can expect to encounter when evaluating and installing public EV charging points at a site. The discussion is grouped into three categories: 1) […]

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New OSHA Guidance On Unvaccinated Employees And Ways To Protect All Employees

The CDC recently updated recommendations for fully vaccinated people to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others by: — Wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission; — Choosing to wear a mask regardless of level of transmission, particularly if individuals are […]

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Supply Chain Panel OKs Recommendation For Multi-Agency Effort To Address Driver Shortage

Last week, the International Trade Administration’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, voted to recommend the U.S. Department of Commerce lead a multi-agency effort to immediately address the truck driver shortage. ACSCC Workforce Development Subcommittee Chair Anne Strauss-Wieder told the panel that “our recommendation focuses on the driver shortage. We had a shortage prior to […]

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EMA Regulatory Reminder On Driver Hours Of Service Requirements

EMA has been asked to provide a review of the FMCSA’s CDL Drivers Hours of Service (HOS), including record of duty logs and the short haul exception to the HOS requirements. EMA recently was able to expand hour and distance limitations of short haul exception from 100 air-mile radius and 12 hours maximum on duty […]

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Attending The NACS Show? Use EMA Registration Code

The NACS Show education sessions, designed by retailers for retailers, can help teams grow and excel in the constantly evolving convenience store industry. With more than 45 education sessions to choose from, the learning possibilities are limitless. From embracing new technology to enhancing the customer experience, there’s an opportunity for every convenience role and pain […]

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Mastercard To Begin Eliminating The Magnetic Stripe In 2024

Magnetic stripe credit cards have been around since 1960, but now Mastercard plans to be the first to stop using the stripe for credit and debit cards. Beginning in 2024, new cards will not be required to have the magnetic stripe, and by 2033, Mastercard says the technology will be removed from all cards. Chips […]

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Learn How To Retrofit Your Pumps For EMV During Free Aug. 26 Webinar

Freedom Electronics and Sound Payments will host a webinar August 26 starting at 2:00 p.m. on retrofitting your pumps cost-effectively for EMV. The webinar will start off about the importance of EMV compliance and then talk about all the different options. Freedom will then speak on their specific kit and show field/installation examples and images. […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– 1. MCall: PA Redistricting Experts Demand Better Map-Drawing Process; Partisan Interest Shouldn’t Define It Carol Kuniholm, an expert on how the state’s elected leaders have drawn heavily criticized political maps, says the latest map-drawing process is off to a fair start — but the final […]

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U.S. Capitol Hill Update: U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Moves Budget Resolution

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, by a vote of 69-30, with several senior Republican Senators voting in favor – notably Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill was a product of bipartisan negotiations between ten Senators, and includes historic spending on […]

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PPA Publishes Addendum to 2021-2022 Membership Directory

The PPA recently published an addendum to outline a few membership corrections to the 2021-2022 PPA Membership Directory. The one page addendum can be found here.             Any additional changes will be updated quarterly in the online directory. To view the updated digital PPA membership directory please click here. If you have any updates/corrections to […]

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White House Asks FTC To Investigate U.S. Gasoline Prices

In an August 11 letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, Brian Dees, the Director of the National Economic Council, asked the FTC to “Use all of its available tools to monitor the U.S. gasoline market and address any illegal conduct that might be contributing price increases for consumers at the pump.” Citing […]

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FMCSA Issues Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration Process for Student Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated the CDL Driver Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration process to clarify how student drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) should register. The Clearinghouse is a secure online, searchable electronic database where all CDL driver drug and alcohol violations are now posted. […]

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EMA Backs Remanding Climate Case To Federal Court

Last week, the Energy Marketers of America, NACS and National Association of Manufacturers filed an opposition to a Rhode Island federal court’s remand of a state climate challenge against major oil companies. Citing a May decision of the U.S. Supreme court finding in BP v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, a climate change case […]

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NHTSA Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standard Aims for Fleetwide Average of 48 MPG by 2026

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week issued a proposed rulemaking that would require automakers to achieve an 8 percent annual improvement in fuel efficiency for model years 2024-2026. The new fuel efficiency requirements are significantly more stringent than the 1.5 percent annual gains in fuel efficiency set by the Trump administration in 2020. […]

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Coordinating Research Council Releases Study on the Cause of Accelerated Corrosion in UST Systems

The Coordinating Research Council (CRC), a non-profit research arm of the petroleum equipment and automotive industry, has released a final report on a major research project aimed at identifying causes of accelerated corrosion in underground storage tank systems containing ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD). The study is important to energy marketers because accelerated corrosion is […]

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week– 1. WITF: Census Data Drop Puts PA Lawmakers Closer To Drawing State’s New Political Voting District Boundaries State lawmakers will soon be able to start redrawing Pennsylvania’s political boundaries now that the U.S. Census Bureau has released detailed computerized data from last year’s population count. […]

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Reminder: Registration Now Open – PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. Conference Registration – Now Available! Registration is now open for the 2021 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting! Attendees […]

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U.S. Senate Committee Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S. 1486.  U. S. Senator Robert Casey (PA) is prime sponsor of the bill. The bill is supported by several labor and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which seeks to promote women’s health and […]

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EMA: Driver Shortage And Foreign Workers

EMA has been working with state association executives, the Department of Immigration, DOT and DOE on solutions to the driver shortage. In particular, the need for more EB3 Visas for foreign workers to deliver fuel in the U.S. as the shortage of drivers stretches across all industries and has been a problem for years. The […]

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PPA Welcomes Six 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, propane and other petroleum products at both the wholesale and retail levels, including convenience stores. All Seasons Fuel LLC (Coopersburg, PA) Dixie […]

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Senate Infrastructure Update

The Senate continues to move forward in approving the bipartisan infrastructure bill (BIB) before it adjourns for August recess. The Senate has considered over twenty amendments – of several hundred offered by Senators. The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the bipartisan infrastructure bill before it adjourns for August recess, likely early next week. The […]

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PPA Fall Energy Conference October 13 Golf Outing Details

Kick off the 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference by joining industry colleagues for a fun round of golf and networking at the Bedford Springs Old Course the morning of October 13. The Bedford Springs Old Course is ranked #2 in Pennsylvania on the list of “The Best Courses You Can Play” by GolfWeek magazine. Golfer Registration Now […]

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House Environmental and Energy Committee Oppose RGGI

On July 27,2021, the House Environmental and Energy Committee voted to approve a letter to be sent to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), conveying the Committee’s disapproval of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) proposed in a regulation advanced by DEP. Under the provisions of the IRRC statute, standing committees- and ultimately the full […]

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Transportation Revenue Options Commission Submits Report To Wolf, General Assembly

The Transportation Revenue Options Commission released its final report on July 30,2021. Created by an executive order signed by Governor Wolf in March, the Commission was tasked with developing a strategy for ultimately replacing the current state gas tax with other revenue streams. According to PennDOT, other revenue options are needed as motor fuel tax […]

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Congressional Update

This week, the Senate voted in favor of moving forward on a Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal (BID), although, legislative text has not been released. The deal reportedly includes $550 billion in new spending, which includes funding for roads, bridges, and major projects, electric grid upgrades, rail and Amtrak improvements, broadband expansion, clean drinking water, transit, ports […]

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PPA Signs Onto Two Industry Letters To US Congress on Liquid Heating Fuels

The PPA has signed onto two different congressional letters to Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) regarding the Zero-Emissions Homes Act of 2021. The recently introduced bill incentivizes the purchase of new energy efficient heating appliances through federal rebates and tax credits. Unfortunately, the tax credits are limited to purchasers of new heating appliances powered by electricity […]

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SBA Announces Opening of Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a new online application portal that allows borrowers with PPP loans of $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA instead of through participating lenders. The new application portal is designed to streamline and simplify forgiveness for small businesses. According to the SBA, most […]

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EMA Comments on Zero Emissions Home Act of 2021

Yesterday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) and its heating fuel state associations sent a letter to Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) regarding the Zero-Emissions Homes Act of 2021, a bill he recently introduced to incentivize the purchase of new energy efficient heating appliances through federal rebates and tax credits. Unfortunately, the tax credits are limited […]

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Midwest Republican Senators Raise Concerns over EVs, Urge Biden Administration to Support Biofuels

On Wednesday, midwestern GOP Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Thune (R-SD), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent a letter to President Biden over their concerns with the Administration’s all-in approach for electric vehicles while not supporting biofuels as an immediate way to lower […]

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EMA Opposes Treasury Department Proposal Requiring Burdensome Financial Reporting

This week, EMA joined several small business associations in a letter opposing a Treasury Department proposal which would require financial institutions to report to the IRS on the deposits and withdrawals of all business and personal accounts, as well as transfers between accounts of the same owner. EMA objected to the proposal due to the broad, untargeted […]

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EMA Again Joins Coalition in Letters Opposing Minimum Liability Insurance Increase

This week, EMA joined a coalition in letters to Senate Democratic Leadership and Senate Republican Leadership urging them not to include language that would increase the minimum liability insurance requirements for motor carriers. Such language was included in the recently passed House INVEST in America Act highway bill but was not included in the Senate […]

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White House Further Delays 2021 RFS Blending Mandates

The Biden Administration has delayed the EPA’s proposed RFS biofuel blending mandates for 2021 and possibly 2022 pending a decision how to address the competing interests of the ethanol and oil industries and their political backers. The RFS divides Democrats and Republicans along regional lines that pit Midwestern biofuels supporters against biofuel supporters against and […]

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Northeast States Enact New Biodiesel Blending Requirements

Governors in Connecticut and Rhode Island signed legislation into law earlier this month that will require higher blends of biodiesel in home heating oil in the coming years. Consistent with previous changes to fuel specifications, the implementation dates fall on July 1 in each respective year. On Monday, July 12, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed […]

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Congressional Update

Negotiations continue in the Senate for a bipartisan infrastructure agreement. Though Senate Republicans blocked a motion to advance the framework this week, lead GOP negotiators have assured Democrats that Republicans will be ready to proceed next week. According to negotiators, nearly every major issue has been resolved, with the exception of transit funding. Eighty percent […]

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Register Now – Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. Conference Registration – Now Available! Registration is now open for the 2021 Fall Energy Conference & Annual […]

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Pennsylvania Regulatory Adoption of RGGI Continues to Move Forward

On July 13, 2021 the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board approved the regulation that would result in the Commonwealth joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). This program would establish a cap-and-trade emissions requirement on fuels used for electric power generation within the state. The plan is the centerpiece of the Wolf Administration’s climate change mitigation […]

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Recognizing June POMPAC Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize the following POMPAC contributions in June: POMPAC Monthly Supporters: Scott Walton (Platinum), Mark Smith (Bronze), Quincy Longacre (Silver), Steve Oehlert (Silver), Rodney Derstine (Sliver), Russell Newell (Bronze), Ted Harris (Sliver) Regional Golf Outings: The PPA would like to specially thank the Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association (BSOHA), […]

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Commission Report to Phase Out PA Gas Tax Expected Soon

The Transportation Funding Options Commission appointed by Governor Wolf earlier this year (to search for alternatives to the gas tax) is expected to submit its report by the end of the month. The Commission is in the final stages of reviewing the recommendations.  Included in the provisions under consideration is the phase in of an […]

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Federal Legislative Update

Senators continue negotiating the details of the bipartisan infrastructure deal that was agreed to in principle a few weeks ago. The framework will likely incorporate the highway and surface transportation bill that already has strong bipartisan support. While the bipartisan group had planned to turn the framework into formal legislative text this week, the group […]

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Bipartisan Bills to Permit Year-Round E-15 Sales Introduced in Senate and House

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced bills this week to permit the sale of E15 blends throughout the year. The bills, introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Adrian Smith (R-NE), are designed to counteract a recent federal court ruling that blocked EPA from allowing […]

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FMCSA Publishes List of Upcoming Rules Affecting Energy Marketers

The U.S. DOT has published its latest Regulatory Agenda update showing where rules stand in the regulatory process and which rules will be proposed in the coming months. The Regulatory Agenda is important to energy marketers because it provides a “heads up” on rules and regulations that will have an impact on their businesses. EMA […]

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Senate Energy Committee Passes Senator Manchin’s Infrastructure Act

On Wednesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed 13-7 Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) 500-page Energy Infrastructure Act which will serve as the legislative text for key portions of the final $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. Along with the Committee’s democrats, three republican Senators also voted in favor of the bill, Senators Murkowski (AK), […]

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Indiana and Perdue to Develop First Concrete Charging Highway Segment

On the first of June, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. The project will use magnetizable concrete – developed by German startup Magment GmbH – enabling wireless charging of electric vehicles as they drive. The project is part of the […]

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In Memoriam Bruce D. Howe

Bruce D. Howe, of Lake Ariel, was born Nov. 22, 1931, son of the late John T. Howe and Marie (Dodge) Howe, Lake Ariel, Pa. With great sadness, he died peacefully at St. Mary’s Villa with his family by his side. Bruce was a graduate from Lake Consolidated High School, Wyoming Seminary and Penn State […]

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Registration Now Open – 2021 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. Conference Registration – Now Available! Registration is now open for the 2021 Fall Energy Conference & Annual […]

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FMCSA Launches Registry for Entry-Level Driver Training

In preparation for the February 7, 2022 Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) compliance date, training providers in compliance with the Federal regulations may now register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) via the Training Provider Registry. FMCSA will review all registration requests to ensure that the information provided is complete and in alignment with […]

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Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act Introduced

Last week, Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Randy Feenstra (R-IA) introduced the “Small Refinery Exemption Clarification Act of 2021.” The bipartisan legislation would clarify that only oil refineries that have been continuously receiving small refinery exemptions (SREs) since 2011 would be eligible to petition for extensions of renewable fuel blending requirement exemptions. Reps. Craig and […]

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PPA Welcomes Four New Members In June

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in June. Active Members T & M Fuel LLC (Fairless Hills, PA) Associate Members Qualpay Qualpay combines innovation and flexible technology with the best in class reporting and cash flow management for the Energy industry. Qualpay’s focus is on the customer experience and […]

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State Repays 2002 USTIF Loan

On June 30, the Office of the Budget Office made two transfers into the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF) cash account at the Pennsylvania Treasury totaling $86,474,925.68. This represents the entire repayment of the General Fund loan from 2002. The principal amount of $67,500,000.00 was repaid as well as the entire amount of the […]

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Reminder: Federal Regulatory Compliance Deadlines

Click here to read EMA’s Compliance Bulletin regarding Annual HAZMAT Registration for Expiring Certificates Click here to read EMA’s Compliance Bulletin regarding Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax for Vehicles For vehicles first used on a public highway in July, file Form 2290 between July 1 and August 31. For vehicles first used on a public […]

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Midwestern Senators Introduce Biofuels Infrastructure Legislation

This week, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the “Biofuel Infrastructure and Agricultural Product Market Expansion Act of 2021” which would provide $1 billion in grant funding over ten years for state and localities to provide fuel retailers with incentives to install dispensers and UST systems compatible with ethanol blends beyond E10 […]

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Senate Bill to Propose Billions of Dollars in Federal Grants for Residential Conversion to Electric Heat

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) unveiled proposed legislation this week that would provide consumers with federal funds to convert home appliances to all electric service, including home heating equipment. The Zero Emissions Home Act will provide homeowners up to $10,000 in federal grant money to install new electric equipment needed for conversion away from natural gas, […]

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Congressional Update

This week, President Biden walked back his previous statements tying the success of a bipartisan infrastructure package to a partisan reconciliation bill. President Biden said he would sign the bipartisan package on its own with or without a larger reconciliation package, which reassured Senate Republicans who expressed immediate concern that the White House negotiated in […]

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State Legislator Breaks for Summer Recess with No Action on SB 435 or HB 1285

The two bills in the General Assembly that PPA have been actively opposing since January were stalled from being considered prior to the summer recess.             SB 435 (Mensch) would require electric utilities to build out the electric vehicle charging network. The legislation (strongly pushed by PECO) permits the utility to charge all electric customers […]

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Book Your Hotel Room for the PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting!

A discounted room rate of $189 per night (excluding tax & resort fees) is currently available for the PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting October 13-14 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. Click Here to reserve your […]

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Congressional Update

The House is scheduled to vote the week of June 28 on the INVEST in America Act (H.R.3684), legislation that would authorize $547 billion for highways and surface transportation programs for the next five years. As the legislation is considered on the House floor, members have an opportunity to amend the bill text. Currently, the […]

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EMA to Biden Administration: Fix the Corn Ethanol Mandate Now

This week, EMA sent a letter to the EPA Administrator Michael Regan and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese requesting urgent action to reduce the corn ethanol mandate to 9.7 percent of projected gasoline demand to address the current E15 crisis. The Administration is under significant pressure to provide relief from labor union leaders and […]

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EMA Joins Coalition in Letter of Support for 199A

This week EMA joined other associations in a letter of opposition of any reduction of the 20-percent deduction for qualified business income under Section 199A of the Tax Code, including phasing out the deduction above certain income thresholds. The letter to the Majority and Ranking members of the Senate and House tax committees outlines that […]

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Conservative Climate Caucus Announced This Week

On Wednesday, Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) announced the creation of the Conservative Climate Caucus, designed to educate House Republicans on climate policies and legislation consistent with conservative values in order to fight against radical progressive climate proposals that would hurt our economy, American workers, and national security. Curtis and the fifty other members of the […]

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Reminder: Please Complete the 2021 PPA Membership Questionnaire

The PPA is distributing a questionnaire to ensure accurate membership data. The association is committed to protecting the confidently of information of our membership. The voluntary information submitted in this questionnaire will strictly be used for internal purposes. This includes but not limited to the following items: 1. Membership Contact Information: The PPA is continuing […]

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Update On State Legislative Session

The legislature is rushing to pass the state budget by the end of this week. PPA has been continuing its intense campaign to defeat SB 435 and HB 1285, both currently under consideration in the General Assembly. SB 435 would require electric utilities to build out electric vehicle charging stations, recovering costs of those projects […]

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Call For Speakers – PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, PA. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. We’re looking for industry experts to be a part of the 2021 seminar program. Our Request for […]

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NEFI Provides Guidance On Selling Heating Oil as Diesel Fuel

The National Energy & Fuels Institute (NEFI) released the following regulatory guidance on June 18. Dealers may incur steep fines for using or selling heating oil as diesel. Recently, price differentials between the costs of fuels have prompted some dealers to ask if they may legally use heating oil as on-road or off-road diesel, or […]

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EMA Joins Coalition in Letter of Support for 18-Year-Old Interstate Drivers

EMA joined others this week in a letter of support for the DRIVE Safe Act amendment to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation mark-up of S.2016, the “Surface Transportation Investment Act.” Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) offered the amendment which would allow people under the age of 21 to operate a commercial motor vehicle […]

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Congressional Update

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) plan to advance President Biden’s economic agenda on dual tracks hit roadblocks Thursday as moderate Democrats said they are still working on the details of a bipartisan infrastructure plan. On Tuesday, the new Senate bipartisan infrastructure working group announced the latest compromise proposal framework, a $1 trillion proposal focused […]

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Biden Administration Under Pressure to Reduce RFS Blending Mandates

The Biden Administration is considering relief for refiners from volumetric blending mandates under the RFS standard. The Administration is under significant pressure to provide relief from labor union leaders and Senators from his home state of Delaware. The EPA is currently considering whether to keep RFS blending obligations flat, opt for a modest increase or […]

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Supreme Court Dismisses Latest Challenge to The Affordable Care Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The consolidated case of California, et al. v. Texas, et al. posed two critical questions for the Justices: (1) is the ACA’s individual mandate unconstitutional now that there is no penalty for not buying insurance? and (2) if the individual mandate […]

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Court Overrules Ban on New Drilling Rights

On Tuesday, Louisiana-based U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty ruled against the Biden Administration’s temporary ban on selling new drilling rights on federal lands and waters. This is a victory for the thirteen Republican state attorneys who sought the preliminary injunction which blocks President Biden’s January 27 Executive Order to halt the sale of new oil […]

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TC Energy Terminates the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

On Wednesday, thirteen years after the initial proposal, TC Energy Corporation and its partner the Government of Alberta, announced the termination of the $9 billion Keystone XL Pipeline Project. On January 20, his first day in office, President Biden revoked the pipeline’s permits, thereby reversing former President Trump’s approval of the line. The company said […]

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Biden Administration Announces Roll Back of Trump-Era Waters of the U.S. Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it plans to revise a Trump-era rule that limits the types of water bodies that warrant federal protection from pollution. The scope of the waters of the U.S. rule is important to energy marketers because it largely determines whether costly land use restrictions will be imposed […]

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House T&I Committee Advances Highway Bill

This week, President Biden ended bipartisan infrastructure negotiations with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) after both sides remained hundreds of billions of dollars apart and could not agree on pay-fors. Now, infrastructure discussions are being led by a group of ten bipartisan Senators, who late Thursday announced a tentative infrastructure agreement. Although the plan has […]

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OSHA Releases COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard

Nearly three months after its original due date, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally released its much-anticipated COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). To the surprise (and relief) of many, the ETS is much more limited than anticipated and only applies to healthcare and healthcare support service workers. As we previously reported, one of […]

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Reminder: Room Block Is Open For PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting

Special rooms are still available for the PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting October 13-14 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location.             Click Here to reserve your room or call 1-800-THE-OMNI with Group Code: PA […]

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Update on Senate Bill 435 & House Bill 1285

In the State Capitol, June is a time when significant pieces of legislation are enacted-often within the framework of state budget deals. PPA has been engaged in opposing two bills that appear to be gaining traction in the current legislative discussions. Senate Bill 435 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) would create a requirement for electric utilities to build out […]

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Recognizing May POMPAC & Energy Defense Fund Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize POMPAC and Energy Defense Fund contributions in May: POMPAC — Platinum Supporter: Ron Kukuchka — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Quincy Longacre*, Steve Oehlert*, and Ted Harris* — Bronze Supporter: James Apgar, James Firmstone, Mark Smith*, Steven Firmstone — Supporter: Curtis Martin, Kelly Brown, Stephen […]

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PPA Welcomes New Association Members In May!

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in May– — Shine Transport, Inc.:  Shine Transportation, Inc. is a family owned transportation business based in Winchester, VA with a satellite office in East Earl, PA. We specialize in hauling petroleum, propane, and refrigerated goods. It is our desire to build meaningful, […]

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PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates for Apportioned Vehicle Registrations To June 16

The Department of Transportation announced the expiration date for apportioned vehicle registrations for Pennsylvania residents that were set to expire between May 31, 2021 and June 16, 2021 are extended through June 16, 2021. Apportioned registrants should mail their apportioned renewal applications to the Department for processing, or it may be completed in person at […]

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Congressional Update: New Tax Changes, Infrastructure Talks, Transportation Proposal

In conjunction with the President’s Budget request, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its “Greenbook” detailing the Administration’s tax proposals. The proposals would increase the top marginal tax rate for individuals from 37 percent to 39.6 percent; raise the corporate tax rate to 28 percent (from 21 percent); tax capital gains as ordinary income […]

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Avoid Processing Delays, Renew Expiring Annual Hazmat Registrations Certificates Online Now

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration opened on May 1. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2021. However, due to COVID-19 workplace restrictions and processing delays, marketers should register online this year and do so early. Important! Due to COVID-19 workplace […]

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White House Releases Memo Urging Businesses To Protect Against Ransomware

On Thursday the White House released a memo to corporate executives and business leaders outlining what the government is doing to disrupt and deter ransomware actors. President Biden also urges the private sector, businesses of all sizes, to immediately convene their leadership teams to discuss the ransomware threat and review corporate security posture and business […]

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Pennsylvania Carbon Pricing Wars Continue – The Latest On RGGI

PPA has been following the progress of Gov. Wolf’s proposal to reduce carbon pollution from power plants consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative by putting a price on carbon.  Here’s a short update on where it stands.             Nominations Senate Republicans are holding fast to their position that they will not confirm any of […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Legislators Sprint To Budget Deadline Awash In Money; Never Ending Election; Ending Emergency?

What a difference 11 weeks makes!  At the beginning of March, Pennsylvania faced a state budget deficit of $2.5 to $3.5 billion by everyone’s estimates [Read more here]; COVID percent positivity was at 5.7 percent, but starting to drop; Gov. Wolf just started easing gathering limits on businesses slightly; and a new Vaccine Task Force […]

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PennDOT: New Law Updates CDL Licensing Requirements

On May 25, the PA Department of Transportation announced a recently enacted state law– Act 131 of 2020— extends the validity period of a commercial learner’s permit from 180 days to one year and helps address the issue of human trafficking through severe penalties levied on commercial drivers or those who wish to obtain a […]

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DEP Computer Maintenance To Affect Storage Tank Program Forms June 11-12

The Department of Environmental Protection posted a notice on its website saying computer upgrades and maintenance will make some online forms used by the agency unavailable June 11 and 12, including several forms in the Storage Tank Program.             Click Here for the notice and the list of forms available. TAP HERE for all articles […]

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U.S. Senate Readies Surface Transportation Bill, Bipartisan Infrastructure Discussions Continue

On May 26, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021 (STRA-21), the highway title of the surface transportation reauthorization. STRA-21 provides $303.5 billion for federal-aid highway programs for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026, a 34 percent increase over current law. It is important to note that […]

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IRS Maintains Interest Rate Paid To Taxpayers For Delayed Refund Processing

The Internal Revenue Service announced interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2021. The rates are important to energy marketers who have outstanding refunds (underpayments) due from the IRS for the sale of clear untaxed diesel to state and local governments and other exempt groups. The IRS continues to […]

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EMA Joins FBETC In Support For Continuation Of Stepped-Up Basis

EMA joined the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition (FBETC) in a letter to members of Congress indicating support for the continuation of stepped-up basis and a study from EY illustrating that GDP would decrease by $100 billion over 10 years if stepped-up basis were repealed by imposing a tax on unrealized gains at death. Repealing […]

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U.S. Senate Finance Committee Addresses Energy Tax Credits; Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill is Introduced

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee last week advanced a $260 billion package reforming and consolidating energy tax credits. The Clean Energy for America Act, which advanced on a party-line vote, would consolidate a variety of federal incentives into technology-neutral investment or production tax credits. The bill also increases benefits for EVs, adding a separate $2,500 […]

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Biden Administration Further Delays OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Health Standard

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is extending its policy review of an OSHA temporary emergency rule that would require employers to follow workplace health protocols designed to protect workers from contracting COVID-19. The emergency rule is controversial because it is believed to impose a one-size-fits-all health standard onto employers across […]

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FMCSA Issues Warning To CDL Drivers About Use Of Hemp and CBD Products

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a “Clearinghouse Update” on May 27, 2021 reminding commercial motor vehicle drivers who are regulated by the FMCSA that they should exercise caution when considering whether to use hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) products. Specifically, the update stated that it is important for all employees who perform safety-sensitive […]

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FMCSA PA Division To Hold Motor Carrier Safety Compliance Webinars In June

In support of its mission to improve truck and bus safety, the FMCSA Pennsylvania Division will be hosting three different FREE educational seminars designed to help carriers familiarize themselves with important safety programs impacting the motor carrier industry. The webinars will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.– — June 3 – Drug & Alcohol […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Biden Saves PA Republicans; Vague Emergency Resolution; Still 70% Vaccination Goal

The Independent Fiscal Office issued its first revenue estimates for FY 2021-22 last week and if it wasn’t clear before it is very clear now– the Biden Administration’s push to provide state and local governments with money to prop up their budgets has saved Pennsylvania Republicans.             Instead of facing big deficits, Senate and House […]

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Eastern Energy Expo Begins Today – Register For Free!

The PPA is a proud partner of the Eastern Energy Expo 2021 Education Summit & Marketplace which officially begins today! The May 24 – 26 event will take place through a state-of-the-art video conference platform. EEE 2021 will feature live business and technical education programs as well as interactive networking opportunities for attendees, sponsors and […]

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Upcoming PPA Webinar: Grant Opportunities for EV Charging Stations

The Department of Environmental Protection will provide an overview of state grants program available for the installation of electric vehicle charging facilities during a June 1 Webinar starting at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will include a description of the different levels of charger technologies, as well as perspectives on the direction electrification of vehicles and […]

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U.S. DOE Launches New Initiative To Promote Electric Heat Pumps In Residential And Commercial Buildings

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm Friday announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with “cleaner” energy services intended to sharply reduce the buildings sector’s carbon footprint. The new Department of Energy’s (DOE) initiative is designed to cut the energy and emissions footprints of buildings by integrating them with electrified power. […]

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Energy Marketers Win Important Strategic Victory In U.S. Supreme Court

On May 17, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in BP v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, a climate change case in which EMA submitted an amicus brief in support of BP and the other major oil company defendants. Although the case involved a procedural issue related to whether the case […]

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Congressional Update: Biden Releases New Infrastructure Proposal; Transportation Authorization Coming

Late Friday, the White House released a $1.7 trillion counter-offer infrastructure proposal– down from the original $2.3 trillion opening bid– in response to U.S. Senate Republicans’ $568 billion proposal.  Read more here. This comes after continued meetings between top Senate Republicans and key White House officials, who recently discussed various pay-for options, such as an […]

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FDA Releases List Of Deemed New Tobacco Products

The Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) released a list of deemed new tobacco products for which a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) was submitted to FDA by September 9, 2020. The lists include deemed new tobacco products for which a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) was submitted to FDA by September […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Republican 1% Mandate On Constitutional Changes; Percent Positivity Below 5%; Lobbying Reforms?

Both constitutional amendments giving the Republican-control Senate and House the ultimate authority to determine what happens during an emergency were passed by voters in the Primary Tuesday.             Statewide voter turnout was creeping up to 24 percent as the provisional and mail-in ballots continued to be counted by counties at the end of the week. […]

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Register Now For Eastern Energy Expo 2021 Education Summit & Marketplace May 24-26

The PPA is a proud partner of the Eastern Energy Expo 2021 Education Summit & Marketplace which officially begins next week! The May 24 – 26 event will take place through a state-of-the-art video conference platform. EEE 2021 will feature live business and technical education programs as well as interactive networking opportunities for attendees, sponsors […]

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Colonial Pipeline Impacts On PPA Membership

On May 12 the Colonial Pipeline initiated the restart of pipeline operations at approximately 5:00  p.m. ET, five days after taking its entire system offline May 7 to contain the threat from a ransomware incident. In response to the Pipeline shutdown, the PPA was in constant communication with PEMA, DEP, PennDOT, State Police, PUC, Homeland […]

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Public Hearing On Senate Bill 275

On May 11, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Local Government Committees held a joint hearing on Senate Bill 275 (Yaw-Lycoming) which would establish state government as the authority empowered with energy regulation, preempting local government regulatory actions. Associations representing local governments expressed concerns with some provisions of the legislation that, in their view, […]

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Federal Lawmakers Concerned Over Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

For many Marketers, concerns over whether enhanced unemployment benefits are making it more difficult for businesses to get employees back to work are nothing new. Last week, the issue gained fresh attention following the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of the April jobs report which reflected surprisingly disappointing job growth numbers. On Tuesday, a coalition […]

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U.S. House Poised To Pass Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The U.S. House soon expected to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065). The bill is co-sponsored in the House by 208 Democrats and 20 Republicans. If it becomes law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would apply to all public employers and private employers with 15 or more employees. These employers would be required […]

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Update On Congressional Infrastructure Talks

On Wednesday, President Biden and Vice President Harris held infrastructure discussions with the “big four” Congressional leaders: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Republican leadership reiterated their opposition to using tax increases to pay for infrastructure, and also […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Republican-Wolf Battle Goes To Voters; Public Unmasked; Wages Permanently Higher?

On Tuesday, voters will be put squarely in the middle of the political fight between Senate and House Republicans and the Governor over his extended use of disaster emergency declarations to fight the COVID pandemic.             There are two questions on the ballot related to the issue that would amend the state constitution in different […]

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2021 Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting Event Information

The 2021 PPA Fall Energy Conference & Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford in October. This award-winning destination is a perfect venue to host all segments of PPA membership in one location. The hotel room block is currently open and can be found below. Conference registration and a […]

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Colonial Pipeline Shutdown & Regional FMCSA Waiver

On May 7, 2021 the Colonial Pipeline announced their system has been shut down due to a cyber-attack. As of today, there is no indication of when they will resume operation. The PPA has been in communication with Governor Wolf officials and other key state agency partners. Please send the PPA any relevant information on […]

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Update On Senate Bill 275

The PPA has previously reported on Senate Bill 275 which was introduced by Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) to establish the State would have the legal authority in regards to the regulation of energy matters in the Commonwealth. Under the provisions of this bill, municipalities and counties would be preempted from adopting their own energy ordinances. […]

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Please Take The 2021 PPA Membership Questionnaire

The PPA is distributing a questionnaire to ensure accurate membership data. The Association is committed to protecting the confidentiality of information of our membership. The voluntary information submitted in this questionnaire will strictly be used for internal purposes. This includes but not limited to the following items: 1. Membership Contact Information: The PPA is continuing […]

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Countywide Petroleum’s Nila Manning Appointed To USTIB

Nila Manning from Countywide Petroleum (Pittsburgh, PA) was recently appointed by Governor Wolf to serve on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board (USTIB). The board oversees the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF), which collects funds from tank owners to reimburse eligible participants for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred from releases into the environment. Ms. […]

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PA Dept. Of Human Services Urges Renters To Apply For Utility Assistance

The Department of Human Services last week reminded Pennsylvanians who need assistance paying utility bills they can apply for help through the federally funded Emergency Rental Assistance Program. With federal funds allocated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the Wolf Administration built the ERAP in partnership with the General Assembly through Act 1 of […]

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Biden Administration Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew the Trump Administration’s final rule that clarified the standard for determining employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The withdrawal of the final rule took effect yesterday. Independent contractors are not entitled to the federal minimum wage, overtime pay and other benefits that covered […]

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U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Holds Another Hearing On Electrification

On May 5, members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing on “The CLEAN Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector.” The CLEAN Act is comprehensive legislation to reach a 100 percent “clean” economy no later than 2050. The Subcommittee focused on decarbonizing the transportation sector through […]

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GAO Investigating Small Refiner Blending Waivers Issued Under Trump Administration

The EPA is providing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) with confidential documents relating to small refiner’s petitions for exemptions to biofuel blending mandates under the RFS. The EPA announced it will provide the GAO with all documents, information, and data related to small refinery exemption petitions received by the agency from the start of the […]

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EMA Urges President Biden To Support Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit

EMA has joined a coalition of 50 associations representing millions of employees and many millions more customers in asking President Biden to include the bipartisan “Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act” (S. 537 and H.R. 1944) in the next federal legislative package to protect the safety of workers, customers, and the public. Sponsored by Senator’s Kyrsten […]

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PPA Welcomes 6 New Association Members In April

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in April — Apex Companies, LLC: Apex Companies, LLC provides responsive due diligence; environmental assessment (i.e. soil and groundwater), spill response, permit support, and remediation; engineering; regulatory compliance; NOV resolution; stormwater management; risk management; hazardous building materials (i.e. lead, mold, and asbestos) investigation, […]

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Update On SB 435, HB 1285 – Expanding Electric, Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure

PPA has been engaged in the process of communicating with the appropriate Committee chairs and other key legislators regarding our opposition to the bills that have been introduced that would permit utilities to expand electric and natural gas vehicle infrastructure and recover their costs from ratepayers. House Bill 1285 (Williams-R-Delaware) would also allow utilities to […]

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Recognizing April POMPAC Contributors

The PPA Political Action Committee would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in April: — Platinum Supporter: Dell Cromie, Michael DeBerdine, Richard Scheibe Jr., Scott Walton* — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Glenn Leighow, Kurt Haab, Steve Oehlert*, and Ted Harris* — Bronze Supporter: Mark Smith* and Quincy Longacre* — Supporter: […]

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Chester County Fuel Dealers Association Donates $10,000 to PPA Training Program

The Chester County Fuel Dealers Association recently approved a $10,000 donation of NORA funding to be earmarked by the PPA for the ongoing expansion of the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC). This generous donation will support the PPATEC training program as the association continues to invest in strengthening workforce development initiatives for our […]

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Renewal Of Expiring Annual HAZMAT Registration Certificates Due By July 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) online portal for annual HAZMAT registration opens May 1, 2021. Registration renewals must be completed by July 1, 2021. However, due to COVID-19 workplace restrictions and processing delays, marketers should register online this year and do so early. Important! Due to COVID-19 workplace […]

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SB 382 Blocking Bridge Tolling Proposal Passes Senate, Now Goes To House

A bill that would have the net effect of  blocking a proposal pushed by PennDOT to toll nine interstate highway bridges passed the Senate by a 28-19 vote last week. Senate Bill 382, introduced by Senator Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee) was in reaction to opposition that had intensified in […]

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Biden Administration Issues Proposal To Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday the agency plans to propose new rules to adopt product standards to remove menthol from cigarettes and remove characterizing flavor additives from cigars. The proposed ban does not apply to e-cigarettes. In its announcement, the FDA states that the new proposed rules will be issued “within […]

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Congressional Democrats Introduce Bill To Increase Tobacco Taxes

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and several other lawmakers, introduced the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021 which would increase the federal tax rate on cigarettes, pegging it to inflation and setting the federal tax rate for all other […]

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Congressional Update: American Families Plan; Infrastructure Plan; Clean Energy Tax Code Changes

In his first address to the Joint Session of Congress April 28, President Biden announced the second of his two-part infrastructure proposal, the American Families Plan, which is being touted as a social and human infrastructure package. The 10-year, $1.8 trillion proposal includes investments and tax credits for American families and children in education, nutrition, […]

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Congressional Update: Republican Infrastructure Plan; Climate Summit; Electric Vehicles

U.S. Senate Republicans announced a $568 billion infrastructure framework that focuses on roads, bridges, water systems, and broadband as an alternative to President Biden’s infrastructure plan. The proposal, which Senate Democrats criticized as insufficient, would also impose user fees from drivers of electric, hybrid, and other vehicles not affected by the federal gas tax. House […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Energy Announces $109 Million To Support Jobs, Economic Growth In Coal & Power Plant Communities

On April 23, in connection with a White House report on economic revitalization in coal and power plant communities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $109.5 million in funding for projects that directly support job creation in communities impacted by changes in the energy economy—the first results of a government-wide initiative launched by President […]

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Biden Administration Considering Reducing Nicotine In Cigarettes

The Biden Administration is considering a FDA proposed rule to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them no longer addictive as well as whether to outright ban menthol cigarettes in the U.S. by April 29th. Read more here. The Energy Marketers of America is concerned that such drastic measures could detrimentally impact small business […]

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U.S. DOT Proposes Rule To Restore California’s Right To Set Its Own Vehicle Emission Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced last week it is withdrawing part of a Trump-era rule that removed California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act to set their own stringent vehicle emission standards. The newly proposed rule change would restore California’s authority to set fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas […]

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Only Half Of Large U.S. Banks Signed Net-Zero Banking Alliance

On Wednesday, doubts were raised among environmentalists concerning the commitment of some large U.S. financial institutions to sustainability pledges to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or to execute Paris Climate Agreement-aligned targets. Initial signatories of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, or the Net-Zero Banking Alliance, were Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Citigroup, […]

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Fuels Institute Issues Diesel Fuel Quality Recommended Practices Guide

The Fuels Institute’s Diesel Fuel Quality Council (DFQC) released its first publication earlier this month. The “Diesel Storage Tanks: Industry Practices to Minimize Degradation and Improve Fuel Quality” provides recommended practices for the management of storage tank systems to preserve diesel fuel quality and protect the vehicles using the fuel. The document discusses best practices […]

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PPA Partnering With FMCSA For May Webinar Series

The PPA is excited to again announce a partnership with the Pennsylvania Division of FMCSA/USDOT to offer a three-part webinar series in May.  It will include a weekly one hour webinar beginning on May 4. This free educational opportunity is specifically catered towards energy marketers who haul hazardous materials. The scheduled includes these webinars all […]

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PPA Raises Concerns Regarding Senate Bill 435

A Senate bill that would require electric utilities to submit plans for the extensive expansion of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being considered again this session. Senate Bill 435 (Mensch-R-Montgomery) would establish deadlines for the build out of charging and establish that process to be under regulation of the Public Utility Commission. The PPA […]

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PA Commission Formed To Phase Out Gasoline Tax Hosts Second Meeting

The Transportation Funding Revenue Options Commission held its second meeting on April 15.  The PPA previously reported on the initial meeting which took place on March 25th. The Commission was appointed by Gov. Wolf to study and propose alternatives to the state’s current motor fuel tax. At the meeting, the Commission members were asked to […]

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EMA, Other Groups Urge Midwest Senators To Include Small Business Safeguards In Potential Surface Transportation Bill

Last week, EMA, FUELIowa and the Illinois Fuel & Retail Association sent a letter to Midwest U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) urging them to include small business protection should Congress enact the Alternative Energy Grant Program in a future transportation package. Last year, Congress proposed the creation of a grant program […]

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EMA Urges Congress To Include The DRIVE-Safe Act In Infrastructure Bill

Energy Marketers of America (EMA) along with more than 100 organizations sent a letter to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Committees requesting that the DRIVE-Safe Act (S. 659/H.R. 1745) be included in any infrastructure legislation. Though 49 states and the District of Columbia allow individuals to obtain […]

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FMCSA Warns Motor Carriers Of Fraudulent Vendors Posing As Government Agencies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is warning motor carriers of predatory companies posing as government agencies seeking to collect $149 filing fees for U.S. DOT number renewal. One company sent past-due notices to motor carriers under the name “FMCSA Compliance Processing Group.” The letters warn motor carriers to “contact us immediately” or risk […]

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U.S. Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Highway Trust Fund Solvency

Last week, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing titled “Long-term Solvency of the Highway Trust Fund: Lessons Learned from the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Program and Other User-based Revenue Solutions, and How Funding Uncertainty Affects the Highway Programs.” The Committee heard from Joseph Kile Ph.D., Director of Microeconomic Analysis, […]

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American Rescue Plan Subsidized COBRA Benefits To Laid Off Employees Thru Sept. 30

The COVID relief legislation (the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) that was signed into law in March included language providing COBRA premium health insurance coverage for laid off employees and their beneficiaries. COBRA provides certain employees and their beneficiaries with the right to retain coverage under an employer’s group health plan for a set […]

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In Memoriam: John D. Cipollone, John Cipollone Inc.

The PA Petroleum Association wishes to express its condolences to the family and many friends of John D. Cipollone, Sr. who passed away recently at the age of 97.             After serving in World War II, he founded what is now John Cipollone, Inc. in 1953– a heating oil delivery and HVAC service company which […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: What’s Next For Election Law Changes, Vaccine Hesitancy, Speaker Pro Tempore

The House State Government Committee finished its series of 14 hearings on the 2020 election last week looking at almost every possible aspect of the election process from the perspective of those involved in Pennsylvania, other states and national interest groups.  Read more here.             During the course of the hearings, the County Commissioners Association […]

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Energy, Critical Infrastructure Workers Eligible For Vaccine In PA April 12

Under  the PA Department of Health’s revised  schedule of vaccine eligibility, energy and critical infrastructure workers in Phase 1C are eligible to make COVD vaccine appointments starting April 12.             Click Here for information from the Department of Health on local vaccine providers in your area and how to make appointments. TAP HERE for all […]

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DHS Releases Employer Guidance Regarding Vaccination Hesitancy

Employers of workers within the critical infrastructure sectors are essential to reducing vaccine hesitancy within their workforce by becoming messengers of accurate, reliable, and timely information. That is why DHS has released– CISA Insights: COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy within the Critical Infrastructure Workforce—  which provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and steps that critical infrastructure […]

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Washington Report: Infrastructure Proposal Dominates Capitol

In a major development last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the Senate Parliamentarian has issued a ruling that will allow Democrats to revisit the budget reconciliation process as a legislative path forward. This would allow Democrats to pass the infrastructure package without any Republican support. However, securing all 50 Senate Democratic votes […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Energy Sets Aside $61 Million For Biofuels R&D Grants

Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $61.4 million is now available for grants to support technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Biofuels are derived from renewable resources and can power heavy-duty vehicles that are difficult to electrify with current technologies—including airplanes and ships—to help accelerate America’s path to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. […]

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VISA Declines To Extend Upcoming EMV Liability Shift Deadline

Visa has declined to extend the upcoming mid-April EMV liability shift deadline for another six months that EMA requested. Click Here to read Visa’s response to EMA President Rob Underwood and Click Here for more information about the Visa Transaction Advisor. Last week, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) along with NACS, SIGMA and NATSO […]

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Options To Retrofit Your Pump As The EMV Deadline Approaches

By: Bill Pittman, Sound Payments Petro Solutions Stations in Pennsylvania will have a busy period ahead of them as the EMV quickly approaches this month. According to the Conexxus survey results, only 15 percent of fuel retailers have updated their pumps to support EMV. It indicated that 39 percent of stations will not upgrade by […]

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IRS Issues New Guidance Important For Marketers

Recently, the IRS issued new guidance for employers on the rules that will apply to the Employer Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) for the first two quarters of 2021. As EMA previously reported, the ERTC provides businesses that have experienced a significant decline in revenue (as defined in the rules) or that were fully or partially […]

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EMA, Coalition Urge Biden Administration To Reject Proposals To Commercialize Rest Areas

EMA, along with organizations representing hundreds of thousands of mostly small businesses, urged U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to reject proposals to carve out any exceptions to the longstanding ban on commercial rest areas that would allow state departments of transportation to compete against the private sector by selling food and fuel, including electric vehicle […]

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U.S. Department Of Labor Priorities

In March, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Labor. Secretary Walsh’s initial orders of business are expected to be largely focused on COVID and broader Administration agenda items, such as development of OSHA proposed DOL also has other regulatory items on its plate that are important for […]

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In Memoriam: David M. Schwanger, Schwanger Bros. & Company

PPA is sad to let you know David M. Schwanger of Lancaster passed away April 8 at the age of 82.             He was the second generation owner of Schwanger Bros. & Company, a full service energy provider that has been offering heating oil delivery, propane gas delivery, automatic delivery options, HVAC installations, heating and […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: New Unemployment Comp System; Vaccine Eligibility Expands; Direct Shipment Of Wine/Liquor

The Senate held budget hearings, House Republicans had hearings and press events on abortion and transgender girls, investigations mutiplied into the PA School Employees Pension Fund, the race for the open U.S. Senate seat got bigger and there was good news on the direct shipment of wine and liquor. Let’s get to it…..             Budget […]

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Pennsylvania Announces New Vaccine Eligibility Schedule

On March 31, the Department of Health, in conjunction with the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, announced the start of the special initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers and to accelerate the vaccination timetable for those in Phases 1B, 1C and 2.             The new schedule means employees of energy-related industries in Phase 1C will be […]

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Biden Administration Releases Infrastructure Proposal

This week, President Biden announced the first of a two-part infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, which includes the Made in America Tax Plan. According to the Administration’s fact sheet, the 8-year, $2.25 trillion proposal includes $621 billion in transportation and infrastructure improvements aimed to modernize 20,000 miles of roads and renovate at least 10,000 […]

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PA Extends LIHEAP Application Deadline To April 30

The Department of Human Services announced it is extending the deadline to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program until April 30.  It had been set to close on April 9. The criteria to apply remains the same.  Applications can be submitted to the same places. Just as a reminder, applications for […]

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EMA Requests Card Networks To Extend Upcoming EMV Liability Shift Deadline

Thursday, the Energy Marketers of America (EMA) along with NACS, SIGMA and NATSO requested that the card networks extend the EMV liability shift deadline for one final time through October 2021 to ensure small business fuel retailers have time to fully comply. EMA recently heard from its state association member companies that major equipment and […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Want To Chair Reapportionment Commission? State Revenues Up

If you’re looking for a good paying, but temporary job, the Senate and House leadership last week advertised the position of Chair of the PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission is available, if you like drawing maps, working with numbers and can sit through endless, mind-numbing political debates.             The four Caucus leaders already appointed their four […]

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PA Commission Meets To Review Options On Phasing Out Gasoline Tax

The first meeting of the state’s Transportation Revenue Options Commission took place last week. Gov. Wolf issued an Executive Order on March 12 to create this group to explore new funding streams to pay for the state’s road and bridge construction and maintenance needs, as well as mass transit. The premise of the study is […]

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EMA Highlights Transportation Priorities; Biden Infrastructure Bill Coming Wednesday

This week, EMA sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee outlining energy marketers transportation and infrastructure priorities. EMA emphasized the importance of creating safeguards to ensure small business marketers can access vital federal funds to advance alternative energy goals. […]

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SBA Triples Amount Small Businesses Can Borrow Thru EIDL Disaster Loan Program

Small businesses harmed by the COVID pandemic can soon borrow up to $500,000 through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s emergency lending program. The SBA is more than tripling the maximum amount small businesses can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Beginning April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the existing loan […]

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U.S. Senate Approves Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extension

In good news for the country’s small businesses, Congress passed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 – which will extend the time for businesses to apply for, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to grant, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The President is expected to sign the bill into law. While the latest COVID relief […]

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U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation To Greatly Expand EV Charger Credit

Friday, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, as well as Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the “Securing America’s Clean Fuels Infrastructure Act” which would greatly expand the electric vehicle tax credit which will otherwise expire at the end […]

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FHWA Considers Guidance To Commercialize Rest Stops For Transportation Electrification

The Biden Administration’s broad-based attempts to fully electrify transportation continued Wednesday, when Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Acting Administrator Stephanie Pollack reported the Administration will issue guidance on how states may be able to get around the current prohibition of commercialization of rest stops so that electric charging stations can be installed on the federal right […]

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American Petroleum Institute Backs Federal Price On Carbon, Market-Based Climate Solutions

On Thursday, the American Petroleum Institute announced it endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. In a statement, API said, “We will support carbon pricing mechanisms that work across the entire economy to maximize environmental benefits,” reversing a long-held position. A spokesperson for API emphasized oil companies want “market-based […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: No In-Person School, No State Money; Election Help Plea – Again

In a major policy shift, House Republicans Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) announced Wednesday he would work to require school districts, community colleges, technical schools and universities to return to in-person instruction as a condition of receiving state funding.  Read more here. “Many schools in Pennsylvania have worked hard over the past year […]

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Register Now! PA Summer Leadership Conference June 14-15 Avalon, NJ

Just a reminder to register now for the Summer Leadership Conference will be held June 14-15 in Avalon, NY. The 2021 program will focus on the Blue Ocean Strategy. Retail energy marketers have operated in a red ocean market space for decades by fighting highly contested battles for capturing existing demand from your competitors. This […]

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Reminder: All PennDOT Extensions For CDL Licenses Will End March 31

PennDOT last week provided a letter to key partners as a courtesy reminder saying expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will end after the current extension expires for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.             There will be no further extensions. The final extension is currently in place […]

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Schedule Of Upcoming PPA Monthly Webinars

Check out newly added PPA monthly webinar series events in 2021! PPA monthly webinars normally take place the first Tuesday of each month.– — April 6: Everyone Exits – How To Prepare For A Successful Exit & High Cash Flow – Low Tax Retirement. 9:00 – 10:00  a.m.  Click Here to register. — May 4: […]

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Congressional Update: Paycheck Protection Extension, Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles

Last week, the U.S. House passed legislation that provides a two-month extension, through May 31, for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications. There is bipartisan Senate support to pass the extension, but Republican Senators introduced a modified version, which would prevent the SBA Administrator from prioritizing certain businesses without approval from Congress. News reports speculate this […]

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AP Report: Autos Request A Compromise On Fuel Economy Standards

The AP reported this week a coalition of automakers told the Biden administration it would agree to raise fuel economy standards but with tradeoffs and at rates lower than those brokered by California with five other car manufacturers. Fuel economy rules are important to energy marketers because federal fuel efficiency standards have a direct impact […]

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U.S. House Hearing On The Business Case For Climate Solutions

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing, “The Business Case for Climate Solutions.” With eight witnesses the hearing was long. Shameek Konar, Chief Executive Officer Pilot Flying J, testified on behalf of the National Association of Truckstop Operators (NATSO) who said, “Federal incentive policies should harness the core competencies of […]

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Visa And MasterCard Postpone Swipe Fee Increases Another Year

In response to pleas from retailers and pressure from Congress, Visa and Mastercard announced that because of the pandemic they are again delaying planned fee increases. The delayed increases have been moved to April 2022. Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to VISA and MasterCard urging the […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Redrawing Districts, Easing Restrictions, Closing Window, Changing Time

The House and Senate were both in session last week and lots of issues were swirling around the Capitol Rotunda.              Redrawing Voting Districts             The process for redrawing legislative voting districts formally kicked off last week when Senate and House leaders– Republican and Democratic– named four members to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission– one for […]

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Governor Wolf Makes Commitment to Phase Out Gas Tax

Having discovered forming a bipartisan task force on the COVID vaccine rollout seems to be working, Gov. Wolf last week announced he was forming a Transportation Revenue Options Commission that he hopes will enable him to phase out the gasoline tax.  Read more here. “Our economy, our communities, and our future rely on a strong […]

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DEP Announces Equity Principles To Guide Investment Of RGGI Funds

On March 10, the Department of Environmental Protection announced a set of guiding equity principles to help inform the public on the implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and investments of the program’s proceeds.   Read more here. DEP has also partnered with the Delta Institute to engage with impacted communities and workers to […]

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Congress Moving On To Infrastructure Bill, Confirms More Appointees

With the $1.9 trillion federal COVID relief package done, the Biden Administration and Congressional leadership are turning attention to infrastructure to create new jobs and re-energize the economy. Thursday, House Democrats jump-started discussion with a $312 billion proposal that would make the country’s electric grid more resilient to natural disasters, replace lead drinking water pipes, […]

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U.S. House Democrats Introduce Infrastructure Bill To Electrify America

Friday, all Democratic members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee reintroduced a broad infrastructure package called the “Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act,” or “LIFT America Act.” The massive infrastructure bill includes boosting “clean energy” and strengthening the power grid, as well as expanding broadband access and building healthcare infrastructure. The bill is […]

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DRIVE Safe Act Reintroduced In U.S. Senate And House To Address Driver Shortage

Last Week, U.s. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) reintroduced the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE-Safe) Act to address the driver shortage in the trucking and logistics industry, and enhance safety training and job opportunities for young truckers. U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Angus King (I-ME), Joe […]

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IRS Requirements for the Sale of Tax-Free, Undyed Kerosene

Internal Revenue Service regulations allow for the tax-free sale of undyed kerosene at retail dispensers. Such sales are allowed so long as the undyed kerosene is sold from a “blocked pump”. Energy marketers may apply for a credit or refund of the federal tax on undyed kerosene provided the following conditions are met: — The […]

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U.S. House Energy & Commerce Democrats Introduce Climate Change Bill

U.S. House Democrats reintroduced an expanded version of the “Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act,” to reach zero carbon emissions in the areas of power, buildings and efficiency, transportation, and industrial sectors. Among the most significant plans, the proposal calls for: — Electricity suppliers to provide an increasing supply of […]

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U.S. Fuel Distributors, Farmers Launch Joint Climate Initiative; March 8 Webinar Launch

A cross-industry climate initiative by the U.S. liquid energy and agricultural sectors aims to affordably and equitably decarbonize five million homes across the Northeast by transitioning to renewable liquid heating fuel in alignment with state carbon-reduction targets. The launch of Project Carbon Freedom, coalition leaders say, will help facilitate advocacy and coordination between heating oil […]

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New Gas Stations Targeted By Local Activists

Last week, the City of Petaluma in California voted to ban new gas stations– in this case a Safeway Supermarket– and current stations will not be allowed to add new pumps. according to a story by Axios. Behind the effort to ban new gas stations is an environmental group called Stand.earth which ran a campaign […]

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Federal Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act Reintroduced

Last Tuesday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) reintroduced the bipartisan Healthy Workplaces Tax Credit Act to help all businesses continue to safely stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring the safety of employees and consumers. The bill would allow a refundable tax credit against payroll taxes for 50 percent of […]

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API Considers Support To Put A Price On Carbon Emissions

Last week, it was reported the American Petroleum Institute (API) is considering supporting a market-based carbon pricing policy according to a Reuters report this week. API did not give specifics on whether or when the group would formally endorse a price on carbon but said it has been “focused on supporting a new U.S. contribution […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Pandemic Unemployment; Remote Education; Senate Budget Hearings Coming Up

The House budget hearings again re-lived some of the worst days of the pandemic for unemployed workers trying to get benefits and for school students after schools were forced to close.             Unemployment Benefits             Department of Labor and Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier was grilled and slowly roasted for an entire day over the […]

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PPA Welcomes New Association Members In February

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in February. Great Plains Industries / Porter Associates Founded in 1968 and privately held, Great Plains Industries, Inc. manufactures quality fuel transfer pumps, fuel meters, flowmeters and industrial instrumentation for global fluid transfer and liquid flowmeter markets. Headquartered in Wichita, KS (USA), the […]

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Congressional Update: House Passes COVID Relief Package, Minimum Wage Hike

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. House passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID/economic relief bill– a.k.a. American Rescue Plan– on a party-line vote, Democrats supporting.  Read more here.             The House version contained an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15, but that was only a nod to the importance of the issue for Democrats, […]

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U.S. Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Highway Infrastructure

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing entitled: “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation.” Testifying before the Committee included: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Denver Michael Mayor Hancock, and American Association of State Highway […]

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EMA Urges Congress To Uphold Prohibition Of Rest Stop Commercialization

Last week, EMA, NATSO, NACS and SIGMA continued its decade long fight and joined other associations in a letter urging Congress to oppose commercialization of interstate Rest Stops. Last Congress, to the disadvantage of small and medium size business owners, H.R. 2 included a provision that would allow EV chargers at rest areas. Allowing EV […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Reliving Pandemic, New Districts Later, Questions On Ballot Questions

Members of the House Appropriations Committee continued budget hearings last week re-living the early days of the COVID pandemic with the departments of Health and Community and Economic Development and telling PennDOT what a bad idea it was to put tolls on bridges to fund major construction projects.             Nursing Home Deaths             One repeated […]

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PPA Summer Leadership Conference June 14-15 Avalon, NJ

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association is excited to announce the Summer Leadership Conference will be held June 14-15 in Avalon, NY. The 2021 program will focus on the Blue Ocean Strategy. Retail energy marketers have operated in a red ocean market space for decades by fighting highly contested battles for capturing existing demand from your competitors. […]

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PennDOT Issued Hours Of Service Waiver Through Feb. 28

On Tuesday, PennDOT issued an Hours of Service waiver exemption statewide for the transport of road diesel fuels, home heating fuels, propane and kerosene which expires at midnight, February 28, 2021.             Click Here for a copy of the state waiver. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Wednesday granted a regional Hours of Service […]

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Annual EPCRA Tier II Reports Must Be Filed By March 1, 2021

It’s that time of year again for energy marketers to start preparing EPCRA Tier II reports for any facility storing petroleum during the 2020 calendar year. The federal Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for and respond to chemical emergencies by requiring facilities to […]

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FDA Updates Public On PMTA Application Progress

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) released new information regarding the number of premarket tobacco product applications (PMTA) it received by the September 9, 2020 deadline. Unfortunately, the FDA has yet to publish a list of all products for which PMTAs were received by the September deadline. According to the FDA, it has processed […]

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Can A Company Require Employees To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Employers need to understand the rules on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its workforce. While an employer can require its employees to get the vaccine before returning to work, several exceptions exist. The two major exceptions are for employees with ADA disabilities and employees with sincere religious beliefs. Employees represented by unions may also have […]

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Reminder: Sign Up To Participate On A PPA Committee In 2021

PPA invites you to participate in one of our committees this year so your voice can help shape the direction of the Association on important topics and initiatives. Committee meetings start in March! The committees include– — Convention Committee: assists the Association in coordinating the various conferences that take place throughout the year as well […]

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PPA Requests Extension To Current Driver Hours of Service Waiver

In a call with state officials on Friday February 12, members of the PPA Energy Assurance Task Force requested an extension of the driver hours of service waiver which is currently set to expire on February 16. The PPA Task Force has been meeting periodically over the last two years with representatives of state agencies […]

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2021 PPA Monthly Webinars Begin Tomorrow!

The PPA is excited to announce the return of our monthly webinar series in 2021!  Please the February – April webinars below. The schedule includes these webinars that all start at 9:00 a.m.–  — February 16: New PA Small Business Energy Financing program: Trusted Commercial Financing for Oil, Gas, and other Energy Improvements.  Click Here […]

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IRS Issues Hefty Fines For Failure To Display Nontaxable Use Dispenser Labels

EMA continues to hear from energy marketers who have received hefty fines for failure to display IRS nontaxable use warning labels on dispensers. The IRS requires all dyed diesel and dyed kerosene dispensers to have a specific label indicating that the fuel is for nontaxable use only. Dispensers supplying undyed, untaxed kerosene sold from a […]

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EMA Congressional Update: Federal Budget; Minimum Wage; Infrastructure Funding

Congressed passed budget resolutions last week, which will allow Democrats to leverage the budget reconciliation process to pass priority legislation, in this case a COVID-relief package, without Republican support. President Biden and the White House voiced preference to move a bipartisan agreement package under “regular order,” but maintained that reconciliation remains on the table. President […]

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Study Shows Cost Of Electric Vehicles May Be Underestimated

A newly released study by the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled “Low Energy: Estimating Electric Vehicle Electricity Use” reveals that, in California, drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) drive less than half that of drivers of gasoline powered cars. While this is significant regarding the trust that consumers have with EVs and range anxiety, it […]

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Congressional House Democrats Release Energy Tax Incentives Proposal

Congressional House Democrats released their energy tax incentives proposal known as the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now Act (GREEN Act, H.R. 7330) which is similar to the energy tax provisions included in the Democrats’ infrastructure legislation. The bill includes tax credit extensions and expansions for wind, solar, biodiesel, carbon dioxide capture and storage, and […]

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Not All Congressional Democrats Likely To Approve Climate Legislation

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) vowed to make climate legislation one of the chamber’s top priorities and make the entire economy carbon neutral by 2050. However, seven Democrats joined all Senate Republicans in voting to block a fracking ban in last week’s budget resolution “vote-a-rama.” Additionally, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Budget Hearing Season Begins, Election Hearings Continue, New Vaccine Plan

The House Republicans will fire the opening shots at Gov. Wolf’s FY 2021-22 budget proposal this week on several fronts when they start agency-by-agency budget hearings Tuesday.             The Department of State– which runs Pennsylvania’s elections– will no doubt get some attention Wednesday, along with the Department of Corrections.             The House Commerce Committee will […]

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PPA Welcomes Nine New Association Members In January!

PPA would like to highlight the following new members joining the association in January– Certified Financial Services, LLC Certified Financial Services, LLC  is a comprehensive financial planning firm who specializes in working with business owners to increase the probability of a successful exit and create sales proceeds distribution strategies that significantly increases cash flow and […]

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Pennsylvania Hours Of Service Waiver In Effect Until February 16

On February 2, PennDOT issued hours of service waivers for the transportation of motor fuels, heating fuels, and propane. The waiver is currently in effect until February 16, 2021. The waivers in this exemption apply to motor carriers engaged in operations necessary to respond to the severe winter storm event disaster emergency declared by the […]

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New PA Relief Package: Tax Exemption, Energy Assistance, Hospitality Industry Grants

Friday, the Senate and House passed and Gov. Wolf signed Senate Bill 109 (Pittman-R-Indiana) into law that provides $912 million in economic, rent, utility and other relief to businesses, school districts and individuals, all but $145 million from federal funds.             Here are the major provisions that affect PPA members.             Tax Exemption             The […]

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Recognizing January PAC Contributors

Political Action Committee Chairman John Reilly would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in January– — Platinum Supporter: Jim Barber and Scott Walton* — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Steve Oehlert*, Ted Harris* — Bronze Supporter: Jane Domitrowits, Joseph Clemenson, Mark Smith*, and Tom Wingard — Supporter: Andrew Myers *Denotes the […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Labor Ends Program Allowing Self-Reporting Of Federal Minimum Wage, Hour Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the immediate end of its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program launched by the department’s Wage and Hour Division in 2018. The program was terminated effective January 29, 2021. The PAID program allowed employers to self-report federal minimum wage and overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Once […]

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More Automakers Drop Out Of Trump Lawsuit Seeking To Roll Back Auto Emission Rules

Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and several other automakers announced this week that they are abandoning a legal battle between the Trump Administration and California over the state’s right to set its own standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy rules. Last year, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 other automakers sided with the Trump Administration […]

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EMA Gets Out Front Against Minimum Liability Insurance Coverage

EMA joined other organizations in a letter to members of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in opposition to any increase in the minimum liability coverage for motor carriers in the next surface transportation reauthorization bill. Although marketers are not included in the current proposed language, EMA continues to oppose any efforts to unnecessarily […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Budget Address, $912 Million In Relief On The Way; Ending Emergencies Goes To Voters

A $912 million relief package for business, individuals and school districts, fueled by federal funding, cleared the General Assembly in a bipartisan flurry and was signed into law immediately Friday by Gov. Wolf. The two other major events last week– final passage of a constitutional amendment to limit declared emergencies to 21 days and the […]

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President Biden Issues Executive Orders To Address Climate Change

On Wednesday, President Biden signed several Executive Orders (EOs) designed to make climate change a central Administration priority for the next four years and build upon last week’s EOs to rewrite the Trump Administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) and cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was quick […]

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PA Senate Committee Holds Hearing On PennDOT Bridge Tolling Proposal

On January 25, the Senate Transportation Committee held a public hearing to take testimony on a proposal by PennDOT to begin tolling designated bridges in Pennsylvania.  Read more here. This initiative was approved by PennDOT’s Private Public Partnership Board (referred to as P3) at its November 20, 2020 meeting.  Read more here. At the Senate […]

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PennDOT: New Law Updates CDL Requirements For PA Veterans, Service Members

On January 27, the departments of Transportation and Military and Veterans Affairs announced a new Pennsylvania law waives the requirement for Pennsylvania residents who are current and former military members and who operated a commercial vehicle as part of their duties, to take a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Knowledge Test when applying for a CDL. […]

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PA Senate, House Moving Quickly On $912 Million COVID Relief Package

The state Senate and House are moving quickly to take final action on a $912 million– primarily federal funded– COVID relief package for businesses, individuals and school districts.             Senate Bill 109 (Pittman-R-Indiana) was passed by the Senate last week, and sent to the House, which has already reported the bill out of the House […]

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PPA Monthly Webinar Series Resumes This Month!

PPA is excited to announce the return of our monthly webinar series in 2021. This free webinar offering takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Some months will feature multiple webinar opportunities. The schedule includes these webinars that all start at 9:00 a.m.– — February 2: PA HVAC Home Improvement Financing: The Elephant in […]

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EPA Now Accepting Applications For Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced the availability of approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. The deadline to apply is March 16. The funding can be used for these eligible diesel vehicles, engines […]

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OSHA Updated Guidance To Employers On Mitigating Spread Of COVID

On January 29, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released updated recommendations and guidance to employers regarding procedures and practices to follow to mitigate the spread of COVID -19 in the workplace. Included in the announcement are several key recommendations– — Conduct a hazard assessment; — Identify control measures to limit the spread […]

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U.S. Senate Power-Sharing Agreement, Nominations, COVID-Relief Package

Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reached a power-sharing agreement to establish Senate rules and procedure for the 117th Congress. The agreement comes after Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reaffirmed their opposition to eliminating the filibuster, thus maintaining the Senate’s 60-vote threshold for […]

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Annual EPCRA Tier II Reports Must Be Filed by March 1, 2021

It’s that time of year again for energy marketers to start preparing EPCRA Tier II reports for any facility storing petroleum during the 2020 calendar year. The Emergency Preparedness and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for and respond to chemical emergencies by requiring facilities to report […]

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Update On Outstanding IRS Motor Fuel Excise Claims

EMA’s continual pressure on the IRS to clear up the backlog of outstanding motor fuel refund claims owed to energy marketers looks like it has finally paid off. U.S. Senator Toomey’s (R-PA) office recently informed EMA that the IRS developed a new systematic method to process the backlogged claims, all of which were filed on […]

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General Motors Plans To Convert To Zero Emission Vehicles By 2035

On January 28, General Motors announced it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and hopes to transition to an all-electric future to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. GM’s focus will be offering zero-emissions vehicles across a range of price points and working with all […]

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Feds: COVID, Vaccines, Resources, And Updated Terrorism Threat Advisory

In alignment with President Biden’s plan to respond to COVID-19, FEMA is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies and coordinating with state, tribal and territorial authorities and private sector partners and others to assist, augment and expedite vaccinations in the United States. For more, see FEMA’s Role in […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: $912 Million Relief Package, 21 Day Emergencies, Wolf’s Priorities

Bipartisanship accidentally broke out late last week in Harrisburg when the Senate and House and Gov. Wolf worked to move a $912 million COVID-related relief package for businesses, individuals and school districts.             Senate Bill 109 (Pittman-R-Indiana) passed the Senate and was reported out of the House Appropriations Committee putting it in position for a […]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Revoked

On Wednesday, among the many environmental policies that the new Administration is expected to reverse, President Biden signed an Executive Order revoking a critical permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “The Permit is hereby revoked,” Biden’s executive order says. “Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic […]

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Last Minute Trump Administration Refinery Exemptions

Before President Trump left office, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a total of three small refinery exemptions from RFS blending mandates (two waivers for the 2019 compliance year and one waiver for the 2018 compliance year). However, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked implementation of the three refinery exemptions and gave EPA […]

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Reminder: EMA’s COVID-19 Situational Update & Resources Webpage

EMA is working closely with the U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Small Business Administration (SBA), Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, & Emergency Response, the EPA, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to mitigate any negative impact of the COVID19 coronavirus on energy marketers. The talks are a continuation of EMA’s ongoing emergency […]

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Free Train-The-Trainer Webinar Jan. 26 On Distracted Driving For CDL Holders

The University of California-San Diego Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) Program will hold a free virtual train-the-trainer workshop January 26 on distracted driving for CDL holders starting at 12:45 p.m. Just Drive: Deliver Distraction-Free engages audiences through a PowerPoint presentation that includes videos, participant interaction, and strategies to promote safe driving. Workshop […]

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Biden Administration Places Freeze On Federal Agency Rulemaking Process

The Biden Administration last week, imposed a freeze on new and pending federal regulations. The freeze is designed to ensure that new and pending regulations are first reviewed by Biden appointees for consistency with the incoming Administration’s regulatory agenda before they take effect. The freeze is directly aimed at the flurry of regulations proposed or […]

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Biden Administration Policy Priorities

On January 20, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. At the top of President Biden’s policy agenda is COVID-19 relief and recovery. As outlined on January 14, the Biden Administration intends to pursue a $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, which is expected to include an additional $20 billion for […]

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Changes To PA Vaccine Distribution Plan Causes Confusion

On January 19, the Department of Health announced a major change to its Vaccine Distribution Plan saying anyone 65 or over could be vaccinated and people 16 to 64 could get the shot if they had other medical conditions like Type 2 diabetes. The changes follow late federal guidance from the Trump Administration.  Read more […]

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Participate In Survey Measuring COVID-19 Impact On PPA Members

Please participate in a brief survey to describe the impact that COVID-19 has had on your transportation operations. This information will assist the PPA in communicating industry needs to government officials. Click Here to take the online survey. TAP HERE for all articles in January 25 EXPRESS Update

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PPA Encourages You To Join A PPA Committee In 2021

PPA invites you to participate in one of our committees this year so your voice can help shape the direction of the Association on important topics and initiatives. The committees include– — Convention Committee: assists the Association in coordinating the various conferences that take place throughout the year as well as the annual membership meeting. […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: House Moves Bills, Senate Still Organizing; Wolf Presses Aid For Businesses

The House Republicans last week began to move key items on their legislative agenda out of committee, including six proposed amendments to the state constitution, while the Senate was still appointing committee chairs.             Gov. Wolf, and Democratic House and Senate leaders, pressed Republicans for action on a $145 million aid package to businesses affected […]

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EMA Urges Congress To Fully Fund LIHEAP

The National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) is circulating their annual association’s letter in support of full FY22 funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). EMA has joined the letter, but if states want to also sign on (in addition to being covered through EMA), the letter will be open briefly […]

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Trump Administration Punts Decision On Applications For Small Refinery Waivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is proposing to extend the compliance deadline for 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) to November 30, 2021 as well as the 2020 deadlines to January 31, 2022, and June 1, 2022. However, the EPA is unlikely to act on pending applications for small refinery exemptions from RFS […]

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EEOC Permits Employers To Mandate COVID Vaccinations To Employees

EEOC Permits Employers to Mandate COVID Vaccinations to Employees: Now What? As we approach the end of this tumultuous and uncertain 2020, there are strong signs that in 2021, life as we once knew it, will once again return to some level of normalcy. This means employers can look forward to re-opening their doors to […]

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SBA Announces Paycheck Protection Program Reopening

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department announced this week that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened to new borrowers and qualifying second time borrowers. Click Here for more information on the Second Draw PPP loans. TAP HERE for all articles in January 18 EXPRESS Update

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President-Elect Biden Announces $1.9 Trillion “America Rescue Plan”

On January 14, President-elect Biden announced a $1.9 trillion” American Rescue Plan” to combat COVID-19 and help American recover. Biden’s ambitious plan would send $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans; increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour; and leverage $35 billion in government funds into an additional $175 billion in low-interest loans to entrepreneurs, particularly those […]

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FMCSA Proposes New Pilot Program To Provide Commercial Drivers Additional Hours Of Service Flexibility

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator (FMCSA) announced a new proposed pilot program for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to evaluate two additional options for splitting sleeper berth periods – a 6/4 split and a 5/5 split. During the proposed pilot program, participating drivers would have the option to […]

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Free FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse How-to Webinar And Presentation Slides Now Available

In December 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hosted a series of live informational webinars on how to use the agency’s new online Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial CDL […]

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Revised OSHA Injury And Illness Compliance Bulletin

A revised EMA OSHA Injury and Illness Compliance Bulletin is now available and includes updated requirements for COVID-19 recording. According to OSHA, COVID-19 can be a recordable illness for employers who must comply with Injury and Illness reporting if an employee is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. Recording a COVID-19 illness […]

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Latest Information On PA Dept. Of Health Vaccination Plan

On January 8, the Department of Health released an updated Vaccination Plan (Version 4) that follows the latest federal guidance on administering COVID vaccines.             Critical infrastructure workers in the energy sector are now in a new Phase 1C of the Plan after health care workers in Phase 1A and all adults aged 75 and […]

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PPA Welcomes New Staff Members

PPA would like to welcome new staff members Alan Mercurio, new Lead Technical Trainer, and Jessica Reeder, Program Administrator! Alan Mercurio will join the PPA as the Lead Technical Trainer for the PA Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC). He brings over 30 years of industry experience in various roles and currently holds multiple HVAC […]

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PPATEC Offers Over 50 Courses In 2021 Training Schedule

PPATEC is excited to announce the release of the 2021 PPATEC training schedule with over 50 courses taught by highly qualified instructors.             Courses cover air condition, electrical, gas, oilheat and transportation with many offering hands-on training and industry specific certifications.             Click Here for the full schedule and to register.  Please register early. If […]

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New Law PA Will Improve Ability To Obtain ID, Update CDL License Requirements

On January 6, PennDOT said that a new state law will provide opportunities that will give Pennsylvanians experiencing homelessness the ability to be issued a free identification card and Pennsylvanians with visual impairments improved access to obtain a driver’s license and will help improve roadway safety through updated commercial driver’s license requirements. Act 131 of […]

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PennDOT Adopts FMCSA Waiver On Expiring CDLs And Medical Certificates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently issued a waiver that allows states to waive until February 28, 2021, the 8-year limit to the validity period of the CDL, 1 year period of the Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP), the 14-day waiting period for a CDL test, and the requirement for a medical examination for those […]

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Federal Voluntary Paid Leave Payroll Tax Credit Available Thru March 31, 2021

Beginning April 1, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) required employers to pay sick leave and expanded medical and family leave to employees affected by the coronavirus. The mandate applied to companies with fewer than 500 employees and included partial exemptions for small companies with fewer than 50 employees. The FFCRA paid leave […]

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FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration Portal Experiencing Technical Difficulties

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires employers with CDL drivers to register with and use the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to report, search and manage driver drug and alcohol records. The deadline to sign up for the Clearinghouse: That means motor carriers or consortia/third party administrators must register with and check the Clearinghouse […]

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Mandatory Annual OSHA Workplace Injury & Illness Posting Begins Feb. 1

The 2020 posting cycle for OSHA’s workplace injury and illness reporting rule begins on February 1, 2021 and runs through April 30, 2021. The OSHA injury and illness recording and posting requirements apply to most establishments (workplaces) with more than 10 employees. OSHA requires employers to record and post all work-related injuries occurring during the […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Labor Releases Final Rule To Clarify Worker Status Under The FLSA

On Wednesday, the Department of Labor announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The effective date of the final rule is March 8, 2021. Independent contractors are not entitled to the federal minimum wage and overtime pay that covered employees receive under the […]

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Learn More About NBB’s Upcoming Virtual Rise Conference & Expo Jan. 18-21

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting their virtual Rise Conference & Expo January 18 – 21. Learn more about an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification. […]

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Update On The New Congressional Session

The 117th Congress began on January 3, followed by Democratic victories in the January 5 Georgia U.S.. Senate runoffs. Democrats will control the White House, Senate, and House for the first time since 2011. The 50-50 Senate makeup, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes, means that neither party will be able to afford […]

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PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates On CDL Licenses, Commercial Learner’s Permits

On December 30, the Department of Transportation announced the expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The following products’ expiration dates will be extended: — The expiration date for a commercial learner’s permit scheduled to expire from March 16, […]

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2021 Federal Motor Fuel Excise Tax Rates

There are several changes to the 2021 federal motor fuel excise tax rates you should be aware of– — Oil Spill Liability Tax Extended – The federal Oil Spill Liability Tax (OSLT) set to expire on December 31, 2020 is extended through December 31, 2025. Refiners pay the $0.09 cents per barrel of crude oil […]

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Federal COVID Relief Package Does Not Extend Paid Sick & Family Leave Mandate

As reported last Monday, President Trump signed a $2.3 trillion funding package into law, which includes $1.4 trillion in government funding and $900 billion in COVID relief. The legislation extends the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and clarifies PPP expenses as tax deductible. The bill also provides $600 stimulus checks for adults […]

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TSA To Allow Grace Period For Expired Hazardous Materials Endorsement Renewals

EMA continued its efforts last week to obtain a waiver extension for security background checks and fingerprinting requirements that CDL drivers must submit to state licensing agencies for renewal of expiring hazardous material endorsements (HME).             The requirements expired on December 31. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) first issued the waiver back in March due […]

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PA Doesn’t Sign On To Transportation & Climate Initiative, But

On December 21, 2020 the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia signed onto a regional MOU to enter into the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI). Pennsylvania did not sign onto the MOU, but was a part of a joint statement to show support in the continued development of the policy. […]

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Dec. 30 Webinar On Latest COVID Relief Bill – What’s In It For Business?

McKonly & Asbury are hosting a December 30 webinar from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the latest COVID relief bill and what’s in it for business.             The webinar will discuss the most recent $900 billion COVID relief bill to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses.  It builds on an earlier summary prepared by […]

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President Trump Signs Federal COVID Relief Package Into Law

Last week Congress approved a $2.3 trillion funding package, which includes $1.4 trillion in government funding and $900 billion in COVID relief and President Trump signed the bill into law late Sunday. The legislation extends the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and clarifies PPP expenses as tax deductible. The bill also provides […]

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IRS Issues Optional Standard Mileage Rates For 2021

The IRS has issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 […]

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Reminder: USDA Offers $22 Million In Grants To Marketers For Higher Blend Ethanol, Biodiesel Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is reopening the application process for the Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for marketers seeking grants to install or upgrade higher blend ethanol and/or biodiesel fueling infrastructure. The application period opened on December 21, 2020 and ends on January 19, 2021. The purpose of the HBIIP program […]

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CDC Update COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups

On Monday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated interim vaccine allocation recommendations. In Phase 1b, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to persons aged ?75 years and non–health care frontline essential workers, and in Phase 1c, to persons aged 65–74 years, persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Republicans Appoint Committee On Nov. Election

On December 21, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) announced the formation of a Special Committee to conduct what he said would be “an exhaustive review of all aspects of the 2020 general election.” While state Senate Republicans were making this announcement, Gov. Wolf Wednesday took steps to make $145 million in state funds […]

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PA Petroleum Association: 2020 Year In Review, Looking Ahead To 2021

This time last year, the PPA was preparing for a packed 2020 which featured exciting plans for  meetings, conferences, and training events. That plan quickly changed as we all adapted to the unprecedented challenges that faced us. It has been remarkable to witness the resilience of our industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Your efforts reinforce […]

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2021 – 2022 Advertising Opportunities With PPA

Please consider placing an advertisement in the 2021 – 2022 PPA membership directory. Our membership directory is utilized by 400+ petroleum and energy professionals. Most of the individuals who receive the PPA membership directory are owners or key decision makers.  As a PPA directory advertiser, you also have the opportunity to showcase your brand through […]

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Congress Expected To Vote On Final COVID Relief Package Today

Congress is expected to give final approval to a $900 billion COVID relief bill today that includes an extension of extra unemployment benefits, a new round of PPP loans for businesses impacted by COVID, money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction. Read more here.             The bill does not contain a liability […]

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Federal Energy Package Still In Play For Year-End Congressional Action

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), is attempting to attach her landmark legislation, the American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) (S.2657) and its House companion (H.R. 4447), to a final year-end COVID relief/omnibus funding legislation package. The Energy Act of 2020 would authorize $35.2 billion in energy efficiency, […]

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USDA Offers $22 Million In Grants To Marketers For Higher Blend Ethanol, Biodiesel Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is reopening the application process for the Higher Blend Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for marketers seeking grants to install or upgrade higher blend ethanol and/or biodiesel fueling infrastructure. The application period opens on December 21, 2020 and ends on January 19, 2021. The purpose of the HBIIP program […]

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EMA Continues To Push Vaccines for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Friday, EMA joined other fuel and retail associations in another letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urging prioritization for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to essential workers who are part of the critical infrastructure workforce as part of Phase 1-B of a jurisdiction’s distribution scheme. Phase 1-B would follow behind only those healthcare personnel who […]

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The Latest: Can A Company Require Employees To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Employers need to understand the rules on mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its workforce. While an employer can require its employees to get the vaccine before returning to work, several exceptions exist. The two major exceptions are for employees with ADA disabilities and employees with sincere religious beliefs. Employees represented by unions may also have […]

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Corporate Transparency Act Included In National Defense Authorization Act

Last week, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2021 NDAA with overwhelming veto proof majorities. President Trump has threatened to veto the legislation because it fails to repeal Section 230 liability protections for tech companies. The legislation includes significant changes to the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering reforms. The NDAA also includes the Corporate Transparency […]

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ESG Funds Attracting Investments And Republican Pushback

Nearly 50 Congressional Republicans sent a letter to the Federal Reserve Board last week expressing concern over the Fed’s consideration of including climate change in the “stress test” for regulated banks. Big Banks and Asset Management firms like Blackrock are directing more money to exchange traded funds (ETFs) that tout environmental, social and corporate governance […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Senate Republican Leader Outlines Priorities; COVID Challenges

Senate Republican Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) outlined her initial priorities for the new legislation session to the PA Manufacturers Association last week.  Read more here.             Three priorities were outlined in the interview, including– — Elections: Restoring faith in the democratic election process, including an investigation into the security of voting, the way in […]

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Update On Regional Transportation Climate Initiative In PA; Op-Ed By PPA

For the past year, PPA has been engaged in a campaign opposing the inclusion of Pennsylvania in the proposed regional Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) that would cover 12 northeast and mid-atlantic states. TCI would impose a carbon cap and trade program on the sale of gasoline and on road diesel in participating states. The Georgetown […]

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PA USTIF Fee Remains The Same In 2021

On December 10, the Department of Insurance Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund Board met and determined NO FEE INCREASE was warranted in 2021. Chaired by PPA appointee Bruce Sheller, the Board decided a fee increase was not necessary after the annual report from the Board’s actuaries was received by the panel that outlined the strong […]

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PA Department Of Health Releases COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan

On December 11, the Department of Health updated the state’s Interim COVID Vaccination Plan outlining the steps to be taken to distribute approved COVID vaccines.  The Plan also identifies the people who will get the vaccine first.             PPA has worked with key state partners to prioritize vaccination distribution to motor fuel marketers, heating fuel […]

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2021 Eastern Energy Expo Issues Call For Presentation Proposals

Are you interested in sharing your expertise with those who are responsible for providing energy and home comfort services to millions of consumers in the Northeast? The 2021 Eastern Energy Expo has issued a call for presentation proposals to bring some of the best industry representatives to present at the Expo– and that could be […]

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FMCSA Annual Driver Drug, Alcohol Record Queries Must be Completed By Jan. 5

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct an annual inquiry of drug and alcohol records of every CDL driver under their employment. This requirement applies to both petroleum marketers and heating fuel dealers who employ CDL drivers. The FMCSA requires employers to use the agency’s new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to […]

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Update On Federal COVID-19 Relief Negotiations

Despite initial optimism from a bipartisan U.S. Senate working group’s $908 billion COVID-relief proposal, negotiations have shown little progress last week. While the $900 billion price range is agreeable to both sides, Republican and Democratic leadership are divided on funding for state and local governments and corporate liability protections. The current bipartisan Senate proposal, which […]

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FDA Panel Endorses Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

On Thursday, a FDA panel endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency authorization use (EAU). The FDA is expected to give full approval very soon. Following CDC approval, Operation Warp Speed, the government’s initiative to develop a vaccine, can start shipping and distributing the vaccine to states. Previously the CDC expressed support for the order of […]

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New Rule Limits EPA’s Ability To Justify New Air Pollution Control Limits

The Trump Administration is changing the way the EPA weighs the costs and benefits of proposed air pollution regulations. The new rule will make it more difficult for the EPA to justify more onerous air pollution controls. Under current law, the EPA is required to measure both the cost and benefits of a proposed regulation […]

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New Study: Utility Customers on the Hook for EV Infrastructure Investments

The Energy Marketers of America released a study on Tuesday focused on the costs of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to support policy-driven increases in the number of EVs on U.S. roads. Specifically, this study finds that a rapid buildout of an EV charging infrastructure, looking just at new distribution and transmission investments to support […]

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PPA Elects New Officers, Chair At Dec. 3 Board Meeting

Four new association leadership positions were elected during the December 3 PPA Board of Directors meeting– — Bruce Spiridonoff, Tevis Energy, was elected as Vice President to serve a one year. — James Barber, Barber Oil Company, was elected as Education Committee Chairman. James will take over the position from Robert Boltz. — Tim Redshaw, […]

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PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates For CDL Licenses, Commercial Learner’s Permits

On December 2, PennDOT announced expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The following products’ expiration dates will be extended: — The expiration date for a commercial learner’s permit scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through December 31, […]

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PPA Highlights New Association Members Who Joined In November

PPA would like to welcome these new members who joined the Association in November– — Mauger & Company.: West Chester, Chester County, operates Mauger Energy, Aabbots Energy and Plotts’ Energy throughout the southeastern part of the state. Company offerings include oil heat and HVAC products/services. PPATEC would like to welcome the following new HVAC contractors […]

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Gov. Wolf Vetoes COVID Liability Protection Bill

On November 30, Gov. Wolf announced he vetoed House Bill 1737 that would have given limited liability protection to schools, businesses and medical providers from COVID-related lawsuits.             In his veto message, the Governor said the bill would provide “broad, overreaching immunity” from civil liability for businesses that do not rigorously comply with public health […]

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PA Dept. Of Human Services Moves Up SNAP Benefit Distribution To Dec. 11

On December 3, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced DHS is altering payment schedules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the month of December to allow all benefits to be issued without risk of delay in case of a federal government shutdown. SNAP is a federally funded program and the federal […]

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Significant Challenges Remain In Congress: A Dec. 11 Shutdown And COVID Relief

At the top of Congress’ must-do list is reaching an agreement on government funding and preventing a government shutdown when federal funding lapses on December 11. While few anticipate a repeat of the 35-day impasse that shuttered government from December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019, pressure continues to build on Congress – in the […]

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EPA Misses Statutory Deadline To Set RFS Blending Mandates For 2021

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  missed the statutory deadline by which the 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) must be set. The EPA is required by statute to finalize annual RFS blending requirements for each upcoming compliance year by November 30 of the preceding year. To meet that […]

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Can Employers Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

With vaccine approval nearing, businesses ask if they can require their workers to get the shot?  EMA passed along this article from the Washington Post to help answer that question. TAP HERE for all articles in December 7 EXPRESS Update

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Ford Urges Other Major Automakers To Back CA Emissions Framework Compromise

Last week, Ford Motor Company urged major automakers to back a deal struck last year with California to meet a 50 mpg fleetwide standard by 2026 for all vehicles sold nationwide. Ford’s lobbying push comes as General Motors recently abandoned a legal battle between the Trump Administration and California over the state’s right to set […]

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Legislation Introduced In Congress To Identify EV Charging Locations

Recently, U.S. Reps. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced a bill to provide a $10 million grant to identify the most sensible locations for electric vehicle charging stations. The grant funds would be available to local governments, electric utility companies, universities and unspecified others. The legislation is not expected to move in the […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Republicans Focus On Nov. Election, Democrats Want COVID Aid To Workers, Small Businesses

The focus again last week for Republicans in the Senate and House was the November election and its aftermath.             On Thursday, Senate and House Republican leaders issued a three-page statement saying they are committed to addressing concerns surrounding the November election which they called  “an emergency.”  Read more here.             The statement said the […]

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How To Check Status, Expedite Delayed IRS Federal Excise Motor Fuel Excise Claims

The PPA and Energy Marketers of America (formally PMAA)  is continuing to hear from marketers that their federal motor fuel excise tax (FET) claims for credits or refunds are experiencing lengthy delays. These include claims by registered ultimate vendors of undyed diesel fuel, undyed kerosene, gasoline, aviation gasoline, and kerosene used in aviation (Form 720, […]

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COVID-19 Liability Protection Bill Awaiting Gov. Wolf’s Signature

The General Assembly passed House Bill 1737 and sent the legislation to the Governor for his approval. Provisions of the bill would shield businesses from civil liability for damage to property or personal injury related to an actual or alleged exposure to COVID-19. The exception to this protection from liability are cases where there is […]

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Vaccines For Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

Last week, EMA joined other fuel and retail associations in a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urging prioritization for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to essential workers who are part of the critical infrastructure workforce as part of Phase 1-B of a jurisdiction’s distribution scheme. Phase 1-B would follow behind only those healthcare […]

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Dec. 1 SBLC Webinar On Employment Law Changes in 2021

On December 1, the Small Business Legislative Council will host a webinar on Employment Law Changes in 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. SBLC Strategic Policy Director Paley Rothman and employment law attorney Jessica Summers will discuss the implications of the 2020 election from an employment law perspective. The discussion will include which of President-Elect […]

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FMCSA Holds Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Q/A Webinars Dec. 9, 10 & 16

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a series of webinars on the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse on December 9, 10 and 16. Join members of FMCSA’s Clearinghouse Team for a live informational webinar. These role-specific sessions are designed to help users understand the requirements of the Clearinghouse. The presentations will focus on the […]

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Biden Nominates Yellen; Creates White House Climate Office

Last week, President-elect Biden announced his national security team leads, Janet Yellen to serve as Secretary of the Treasury, and selected former Secretary of State John Kerry to lead a newly created Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. President-elect Biden’s leadership selections thus far are demonstrative of his whole-of-government approach to climate change. As the “Climate […]

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EMA Joins SIGMA And NACS’s Amicus Brief In Climate Suit

Last week, EMA joined an amicus brief in the climate suit BP P.L.C et al. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. In the brief, respondents argue that “The case is part of a second wave of highly-coordinated lawsuits born out of political frustration that Congress and administrations have not adopted specific policies to address […]

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EMA, UPMRA Participate In National Clear Path VIII Disaster Response Exercise

Last week, EMA and the Utah Petroleum Marketers and Retailers Association (UPMRA) participated in Clear Path VIII, a national government wide disaster response exercise. The purpose in such exercises is to enhance policies and procedures, identify areas for collective improvement, and strengthen relationships and cooperation between industry and government energy sector partners in response to […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Signed Budget, PennDOT Out Of Money, COVID Surges

Last Monday, without any fanfare, Gov. Wolf Monday signed the finished FY 2020-21 state budget bills into law– Senate Bill 1350 (Browne-R- Lehigh) – General Fund budget and House Bill 2536 (James-R-Venango) – Fiscal Code– that fellow state Democrats are saying does not address a wide range of important issues, including using available federal funds […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Elections, Budgets, Guns, Flags And Face Masks

In addition to trying to finish the FY 2020-21 state budget, Republicans and Democrats continued their war over the November election.             Republicans in the House both filed an amicus brief supporting the Trump Campaign’s challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results in federal court [Read more here] and pushed through House Resolution 1100 directing the Legislative […]

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Heating Fuel Dealers: Tell Congress To Fully Fund LIHEAP Now

It is time for heating fuel dealers to contact their elected representatives in Congress and urge them to support increased funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Support for increased LIHEAP funding is critical this year due to the millions of newly unemployed families who are now eligible for heating assistance this winter. […]

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Congressional Democrats Face Uphill Battle To Overturn Last Minute Trump Rulemakings

Congressional Democrats are looking to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn several last-minute rules finalized by the Trump Administration during the second half of 2020. The CRA empowers Congress to conduct an expedited review of new federal regulations issued by government agencies and overturn any they disapprove by joint resolution. Once a rule is […]

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New Lobbying Group To Push For 100 Percent EV Sales By 2030

A new lobbying group was formed last week to advocate for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030. Made up of groups that include Tesla, Uber, ChargePoint, Piedmont Lithium, Con Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, Duke Energy and Vistra, the new group, known as The Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), plans to immediately push to […]

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EMA Urges Congress to Make Improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program

EMA joined a large coalition of associations in sending another letter to Congress urging an immediate fix to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process before the end of the year. Bipartisan and bicameral legislation has been introduced in both chambers, The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act (S. 4117) (H.R. 7777), which […]

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IRS Continues To Disallow Deductions For PPP Loans; Congress Pushes Back

The IRS reaffirmed its position last week indicating that employer expenses paid from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds do not qualify as deductible expenses if the loan is forgiven. PPP loan forgiveness applies to payments of payroll, certain mortgage interest and rent, and utility costs incurred. Ordinarily these expenses are deductible. However, the IRS […]

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Biden’s Progressive Energy, Environmental Policies Face Barriers In U.S. Senate

While President Trump’s legal challenges to the election results remain ongoing, EMA fully expects that on Inauguration Day – January 20, 2021 – President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office. Broadly speaking, with Republicans expected to maintain a slim US Senate majority and a reduced Democratic House majority, President-elect Biden’s policy agenda will […]

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PA Electric Vehicle Fee Bill Stalls In State Senate

Last week, the state House passed legislation– Senate Bill 845 –that would have established a road use fee on electric vehicles in the state. The intent of the legislation is to address the concerns of those who argue electric vehicles cause wear and tear on state roadways equal to non-electric vehicles, but do not currently […]

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PA Senate, House Send Complete FY 2020-21 State Budget To Gov. Wolf

On Friday, the House and Senate passed and sent to Gov. Wolf the FY 2020-21 budget that adds about $11 billion to the temporary budget they passed in May for a total General Fund budget of $36.5 billion, about four percent above last year.  The new budget has no new taxes and fills, for the […]

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Dept. Of Human Services Planning Change To LIHEAP Funding Allocation

PPA learned this week the Department of Human Services is planning to execute a significant change in the way it allocates LIHEAP monies this season. Beginning December 1, the Department said it will begin to accept applications for crisis grants from customers who have received termination of service notices from their utilities. The public utilities […]

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U.S. DOT: Hazardous Material Training Compliance Now Required

Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued an enforcement waiver for the reoccurring hazardous material training that CDL drivers with hazardous material endorsements must undergo every three years. PHMSA issued the enforcement waiver due to the forced closures and social distancing limitations imposed by the COVID-19 emergency. […]

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Reminder: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Applications Due To DEP Dec. 11

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to support innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects resulting in cleaner advanced alternative transportation.  (formal notice) The deadline for applications is December 11. Approximately $5 million in grants will be available for school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, […]

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New Edition Of DOT ERG Requires Update Of In-Cab Emergency Response Information

Every four years, the U.S. DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) publishes an updated version of its Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) required for use by CDL drivers hauling hazardous materials. The latest version of the emergency response guide, ERG 2020, is now available. ERG 2020 updates and replaces the ERG 2016 edition currently […]

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Federal COVID Relief Package Still In Limbo During A Lame-Duck Congress

The Trump Administration is taking a step back in negotiating a future coronavirus relief package. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who recently called on Congress to approve a relief package before the end of the year is now the lead Republican negotiator. Prior to the election, negotiations over another coronavirus relief package were […]

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Restaurant Closures Impact Growth Of Renewable Hydrocarbon Fuels

Refiners such as HollyFrontier Corp., Valero Energy Corp., Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum Corp. are spending millions to reduce carbon emissions by converting their existing facilities to process discarded fats such as cooking grease rather than crude oil to produce renewable hydrocarbon fuels. Unfortunately, restaurant closures and less people eating out due to the coronavirus […]

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Transportation And Infrastructure Outlook For Next Congress

President-Elect Joe Biden’s recent presumed victory in the general election will push forward major shifts in US policy across a wide array of issues, including transportation and infrastructure. Broadly, Biden and his transition team have indicated a desire to work with Congress in early 2021 to enact a large-scale infrastructure package, which would include what […]

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PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report: Legislative Leadership Elections, Re-Fighting The Election

While politicians and lawyers fight over the outcome of the Presidential race in Pennsylvania, the Senate and House focused on holding leadership elections for the new 2021-22 legislative session last week.             For the first time, two of the four legislative caucuses will be led by women. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) to […]

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State Election Results –The More Things Change… ; PA Capitol & COVID Weekly Report

With some ballots in the state still outstanding, the final results of some races are still not decided, but some overall projections have been established. The Pennsylvania General Assembly will stay in Republican control.  While some pre-election predictions had Democrats gaining additional seats in both the Senate and the House it appears Republicans actually added […]

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PPA Recognizes October PAC Contributors

Political Action Committee Chairman John Reilly would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in October– — Platinum Supporter: Scott Walton* — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Doug Woosnam*, Keith Reitz, Steve Oehlert*, and Ted Harris* — Bronze Supporter: Len Zvorksy,Mark Smith* and Quincy Longacre — Supporter: Ben Hieber, Brad Hough, Bruce […]

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PPA: Federal Paycheck Protection Program Update Webinar Nov. 12

McKonly & Asbury CPAs and business advisors will host a free one-hour webinar on November 12 starting at 2:00 p.m. to provide an update on the federal Paycheck Protection Program. During this webinar, David Blain and Mark Heath will review two recently identified Loan Necessity Questionnaires – SBA Forms 3509 and 3510 – and discuss […]

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A Federal COVID Relief Package During A Lame Duck Congress?

On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called on Congress to approve a coronavirus relief package before the end of the year. With the balance of the Senate and the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue uncertain as of November 5, Sen. McConnell’s statements present a shift from his recent suggestion that a measure was […]

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EPA Approves New Standard for UST System Sump Repair

The National Leak Prevention Association-Ken Wilcox Associates, Inc. (NLPA/KWA) recently completed the development of a standard for the repair of UST system containment sumps. Under EPA UST regulations (40 CFR 280.33(a)), all UST system repairs must be conducted according to a code of practice developed by a nationally recognized association or an independent testing laboratory […]

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Impact Of U.S., Global Transportation-Related Environmental Initiatives

The Fuel Institute released a new study recently that provides an overview and analysis of U.S. and global environmental initiatives to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. The Impact of Transportation-Related Environmental Initiatives report evaluates and compares the impact that different environmentally focused transportation-energy regulations, policies, and initiatives will have on emissions and costs to […]

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Federal Dept. Of Labor Issues Final Rule On ESG Investments

Last Monday, the federal Department of Labor issued a final rule regarding environmental, social, or governance (ESG) investments for retirement plans. Originally proposed in June, the final rule limits the ability of financial advisors managing private pension plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to make ESG-motivated investments, and only allows […]

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PA EQB Publishes Proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Program For Power Plants (RGGI) For Comment

On November 7, the Environmental Quality Board published a formal notice in the PA Bulletin inviting public comments on a proposed regulation establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Program covering power plants that is consistent with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) covering mid-atlantic and northeast states. (formal notice) RGGI is a market-based collaboration among 10 […]

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Important State Contests On the Ballot Tomorrow, Not Just President

Although the main attraction in tomorrow’s election is justifiably the Presidential contest, there are several other key contests on the ballot that will set the course of Pennsylvania government for the immediate future. Voters in the state will choose the next Attorney General, Auditor General and State Treasurer. The state Senate is currently comprised of […]

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PPA Highlights New Association Members In October

PPA would like to welcome this new members who joined PPA in October– — WildcoPES is the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions’ leading service provider of comprehensive petroleum, sales, maintenance, inspection, testing and construction management services to major oil suppliers, independent retailers, contractors and other private & public sector facilities/clients. From emergency service to routine […]

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PA LIHEAP Accepting Applications Starting Nov. 2; Preseason Applications Delayed

The Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for the FY 2020-21 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The PPA has received a notification from the Department of Human Services the distribution of preseason applications have been delayed which will most likely create a processing backlog as we enter into the heating season. The minimum […]

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NACS Crack The Code Experience Begins Now!

A five-week digital experience and curated marketplace that connects convenience retail buyers and sellers from around the globe. You’ll have 24/7 access to forward-looking ideas and insights, innovative new-to-channel products, and strategic connections — all at your own pace. If you haven’t registered but plan to attend the event please use the following registration link […]

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TSA Renews Hazardous Materials Security Threat Endorsement Exemption For States

The Transportation Security Administration is extending the exemption from Renewal of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Security Threat Assessment for Certain Individuals that TSA published on July 31, 2020 which was scheduled to expire on October 30, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Under this exemption, states may extend the expiration date of hazardous materials endorsements (HMEs) […]

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SBA Announces Simplified PPP Forgiveness Application

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers of $50,000 or less. The new streamlined application is two pages, making it much easier on small businesses. While applicants still need to be approved to receive loan forgiveness, borrowers of $50,000 or less now have […]

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ARA Study Examines Impact Of Banning Internal Combustion Engines On Biofuels

Earlier this week, the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance (as is Energy Marketers of America), released a new study indicating that a ban on internal combustion engines (ICE) would have a disproportionate effect on biofuels consumption and the U.S. economy. The study focuses on three scenarios for electric vehicle […]

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Some Automakers Now Focused On Developing Hydrogen-Fueled Semitrucks

After years of trying to develop hydrogen-fueled cars, many automakers have now shifted their focus to developing hydrogen-fueled semitrucks. One of those automakers, Hyundai, recently projected there will be 12,000 hydrogen semitrucks on the road in the U.S. by 2030. Another automaker, Toyota, recently struck a deal with truck maker Hino, to jointly develop hydrogen […]

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Federal Legislation Introduced To Create National Disaster Safety Board

Congress members Garrett Graves (R-LA) and Katie Porter (D-CA), and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have introduced legislation that would create a National Disaster Safety Board (NDSB). The NDSB would be modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the bill is designed to protect infrastructure by establishing an independent, non-partisan […]

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New EPA Fuel Streamlining Rule Increases Fungibility Of Distillate Fuels For Heating Fuel Dealers, Downstream Distillate Distributors

Heating fuel dealers are about to get much needed regulatory relief from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designed to increase downstream fuel distribution efficiency and reduce costs by making distillate fuels more fungible. The agency’s final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rule includes several regulatory relief provisions that affect the heating fuel industry as well as downstream […]

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FMCSA Hosts Nov. 4 Hours Of Service Webinar

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – PA Division will host a November 4 webinar on the new hours of service rules that were effective on September 29, 2020. Seminar will discuss the four key revisions to the existing HOS Rules: — The 30-minute break rule requiring a break after 8 hours of cumulative driving […]

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Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Deal Not Likely Before Election

Although U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continue to negotiate a potential COVID-19 relief bill, it is becoming more evident to both sides that a deal will not be reached before the November 3 election. While Speaker Pelosi maintains that the two sides are close to a deal, […]

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Mandated Zero-Emissions Vehicle Standard Legislation Introduced In Congress

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced legislation to terminate the sale of new U.S. gasoline-powered vehicles in 15 years. The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act of 2020 would require that 50 percent of new passenger vehicles sales are zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) by 2025. That federal standard would increase 5 percent […]

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NHTSA Investigating Chevrolet Bolt Fires That May Be Caused By EV Batteries

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it was opening an investigation after receiving reports of three different Chevrolet Bolt EVs catching fire under the rear seat while parked and unattended. Notably, the NHTSA said in a statement that “in the three cases identified, fire damage appeared to be concentrated in […]

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U.S. Dept. Of Labor Proposes New Rule To Clarify Worker Status Under The FLSA

On September 25, the U.S.  Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would clarify whether workers are employees or are independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Independent contractors are not entitled to the federal minimum wage and overtime pay that covered employees receive under the FLSA. According to the Small […]

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PPA: Communication Tools For Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil

The PPA Heating Fuels Committee recently collaborated to create multiple tools for energy marketers to communicate the new statewide standard for ultra-low sulfur heating oil. These materials are free for all PPA members to use. The tools can be found on the PA Clean Fuel website that includes infographics, a 60 second video explainer, FAQs […]

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PMAA Changes Name To Energy Marketers Of America

This week, the Energy Marketers of America announced a new era for the trade association previously known as the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. The name change is reflective of the group’s growing portfolio of affordable, efficient, and environmentally friendly liquid fuels and other alternative energy sources that are helping to reduce emissions while propelling […]

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EPA Issues Final Fuels Regulatory Program

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final Fuels Regulatory Streamlining rulemaking which provides significant revisions to the existing gasoline, diesel, and other fuels programs. These revisions affect EMA member companies from the marketers through the refineries including manufacturers and suppliers of ethanol and additives. The existing fuel regulations were an amalgamation of […]

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Federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission Finalizes Position Limits Rule

Thursday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued its long-delayed position limits rule mandated by the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act” to curb excessive speculation in energy and other commodities futures contracts by a 3 – 2 vote. The final position limits rule applies to 25 physically settled and linked cash-settled futures contracts, options on […]

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Federal Highway Funding Measure Introduced In The House

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) recently introduced the “Highway Relief Act,” which would allow the Secretary of Transportation to fund up to 100 percent of federally-funded highway projects in Fiscal Years (FY) 2021 and 2022, while waiving the state and local share of those projects. In a statement, Rep. Davis said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has put […]

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Reminder: Short-Haul Driver Hours Of Service Amendments Now Effective

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long awaited CDL hours of service (HOS) amendments for short-haul drivers are effective as of October 6. The FMCSA issued an HOS final rule earlier this year that adopted several provisions requested by PMAA that provides regulatory relief for short haul drivers. The final rule adopted the following PMAA […]

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

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted an Hours of Service (HOS) waiver Wednesday night in response to Hurricane Delta for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until November 6, 2020, whichever is less. Click Here to read the notice. […]

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USDA To Make Significant Investments In Biofuels

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced last week his agency is investing $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales. The grants are made available through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) and will provide the grants to gas stations, convenience stores […]

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President Trump Proposes $1.8 Trillion COVID Relief Package

On Friday, President Trump proposed a $1.8 trillion COVID relief package that includes $300 billion in aid to states and cities which could provide some much-needed cash to fill Pennsylvania’s budget holes, if allowed.             U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell had just said earlier in the day another stimulus package is “unlikely in […]

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Biden Wants Quick Deal on Infrastructure Bill If Elected

U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said last week he had spoken with Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s team about their interest in working on an infrastructure deal by February if Biden is elected. Chairman DeFazio, while speaking at ITS America conference on Wednesday, stated that the Biden team supports the $494 […]

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PMAA Urges State And Local Governments To Help Resolve IRS UV Claim Backlogs

PMAA sent a letter recently asking the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities and the National Association of Towns and Townships, to express their concern to the IRS Commissioner over the lengthy delays in processing ultimate vendor refund claims for the tax free sale of motor fuel to state and […]

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PPA Elects Four New Directors At October 8 Annual Membership Meeting

The PPA is excited to announce Amy Highhouse (Highhouse Energy), Jamie Barton (Jack Rich Inc.), Steve Oehlert (Oehlert Bros Inc.), and Steve Weidner (Leffler Energy) have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Their three year term will be effective on January 1, 2021. Click Here to view a complete list of current […]

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Still Time To Register! October 8 Annual Membership Meeting

Register now for the PPA annual membership meeting on October 8 which is open to all members of the association. The meeting will take place via Zoom on October 8 at 10:00 a.m. and will feature important association updates. A full meeting agenda will be released in the upcoming weeks. You must pre-register in order […]

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PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates On CDLs, Commercial Learner’s Permits, Hazardous Materials Endorsements

On October 1, PennDOT announced expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Effective September 30, the following products’ expiration dates will be extended: — The expiration date for a commercial learner’s permit scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, […]

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PPA Highlights New Association Members In September

PPA would like to highlight these new members joining the Association in September– — First National Insurance Agency, LLC: First National Insurance Agency, LLC is an independent agent and broker, is one of the largest insurance agencies in Pennsylvania. The Company provides innovative solutions that focus on reducing the total risk exposure for businesses and […]

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Recognizing September PPA PAC Contributors

Political Action Committee Chairman John Reilly would like to recognize POMPAC contributions from the following individuals in September– — Platinum Supporter: Ken & Stacey Ingram, Scott Walton*, Shipley Energy PAC — Gold Supporter: N/A — Silver Supporter: Doug Woosnam*, James Gnagey, Ted Harris* — Bronze Supporter: Don Dreibelbis, Mark Smith*, Mike McCarthy, Quincy Longacre, Robert […]

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New Pennsylvania Overtime Rule Went Into Effect October 3

On October 2, Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak announced Pennsylvania’s new overtime rule became effective when the final, approved regulation is published in the PA Bulletin on Saturday, October 3, 2020. “Tomorrow marks the first update to the commonwealth’s overtime regulations in more than four  decades,” said Secretary Oleksiak. “The modernized regulation […]

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Wolf Administration Joins 6 States In Commitment To Develop Regional Carbon Dioxide Transport Infrastructure Plan To Promote Carbon Capture

On October 1, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his administration is joining with six other states – Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming – in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) expressing a commitment to establish and implement a regional CO2 transport infrastructure plan by collaborating and leveraging resources across the participating states.             [Note: […]

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PMAA Urges State, Local Governments to Help Resolve IRS UV Claim Backlogs

PMAA sent a letter Friday asking the National Governors Association, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities and the National Association of Towns and Townships, to express their concern to the IRS Commissioner over the lengthy delays in processing ultimate vendor refund claims for the tax free sale of motor fuel to state and […]

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Federal Short-Haul Driver Hours Of Service Amendments Now Effective

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) long awaited CDL hours of service (HOS) amendments for short-haul drivers are effective as of Tuesday. The FMCSA issued an HOS final rule earlier this year that adopted several provisions requested by PMAA that provides regulatory relief for short haul drivers. The final rule adopted the following PMAA […]

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Congress And President Narrowly Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government funded at current levels through December 11, one month after the elections. President Trump signed the spending bill into law just after the midnight deadline on Wednesday. Republicans and Democrats had been at odds over how long the stopgap spending bill should have provided […]

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U.S. House Democrats Approve New COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Last Thursday, U.S. House Democrats approved a new $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal which provides a second round of stimulus checks, $1,200 per adults and $500 per dependent, and it would be extended to those without a social security number, including those in the country illegally and who file taxes via an Individual Taxpayer Identification […]

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U.S. House Bill Seeks To Elevate Demand For Biofuels

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) recently introduced a bill known as the “Next Generation Fuels Act” (H.R. 8371) that seeks to establish a minimum 98 Research Octane Number (RON) standard for gasoline and require sources of additional octane resulting in at least 30 percent fewer GHG emissions than unblended gasoline. In 2018, the American Fuel […]

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PMAA Joins Others In Sending Data Privacy Letter To U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, led by Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), recently held a hearing titled “Revisiting the Need for Federal Data Privacy Legislation.” During his opening remarks, Chairman Wicker argued the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the potential for privacy violations, and thus the need […]

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Register Now! October 8 Annual Membership Meeting

Register now for the PPA annual membership meeting on October 8 which is open to all members of the association. The meeting will take place via Zoom on October 8 at 10:00 a.m. and will feature important association updates. A full meeting agenda will be released in the upcoming weeks. You must pre-register in order […]

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EQB Publishes Proposed Rule Eliminating Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery For Comment

The Environmental Quality Board published notice in the September 26 PA Bulletin of proposed regulations eliminating Stage II gasoline vapor recovery requirements for gasoline stations and add a vapor leak monitoring requirement for small gasoline storage tanks for public comment.  The Stage II vapor controls are no longer needed because vehicles are now equipped with […]

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Changes To FMCSA Hours Of Service Rule Begins On September 29

On June 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the Hours of Service final rule that revises the HOS regulations in 49 CFR Part 395, which prescribe driving limits for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The rule includes four changes designed to offer drivers greater flexibility, while maintaining the highest safety standards […]

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Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill Requiring General Assembly Approval Of Carbon Emissions Reduction Programs

As promised, on September 24, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2025 (Struzzi-R-Indiana) requiring the approval of the General Assembly before Pennsylvania could enter into carbon emissions reduction programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Transportation and Climate initiative.             Neither the Senate (33 to 17) nor the House (130 to 71) passed […]

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BP, Shell Support Gasoline & Diesel Tax Thru Transportation & Climate Initiative

Last week, BP and Shell, along with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Ford, Exelon and the National Grid launched an advocacy campaign known as the Coalition for a Better Business Environment to urge East Coast states from Virginia north to Maine to enact the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional carbon pricing policy designed […]

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U.S. House Approves Bipartisan Stopgap Spending Bill; Includes RFS Provisions

Last week, the U.S. House passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government funded at current levels through December 11, one month after the elections. Notably, the bill prohibits providing financial assistance to oil refiners that were recently denied biofuel blending waivers for blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Trump […]

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U.S. House Democrats Pass Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Yesterday, the House passed a 900 page “Clean Economy and Jobs Innovation Act” (H.R. 4447) largely along party lines by a vote of 220-185. The bill was just introduced last week and was moved to the Floor for a vote without traditional vetting such as legislative hearings. Democratic leadership introduced the bill in response to […]

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IRS Says PPP Loan Lenders Do Not Need To File Returns

The IRS announced last week banks who make loans that are later forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) do not need to file information returns with the IRS or borrowers. This will save lenders and borrowers time and expenses and is meant to limit confusion. Filing returns for forgiven PPP loans could lead to […]

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PA Capitol & COVID-19 Weekly Report: Ping-Pong Continues Between Gov. Wolf, Republicans; Lame Duck Budget?

Twenty-four House Democrats gave Gov. Wolf a big win last week when they stuck by him in a failed House Republican attempt to override the Governor’s veto of House Bill 2787 (Reese-R- Westmoreland) giving school districts sole authority to determine how to handle sports fans during the pandemic.  Read more here.             The House was […]

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Registration Now Open: October 8 Annual Membership Meeting

Registration Now Open: October 8 Annual Membership Meeting The PPA will hold its annual membership meeting on October 8. This meeting was originally intended to be a part of the PPA Fall Energy Conference. The in person conference was cancelled but the annual membership will still take place virtually. The annual members