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PMAA's Weekly Review - August 29, 2014  [WR-14-34]

 

 

In This Issue:
 

EPA SENDS 2014 RFS STANDARD TO WHITE HOUSE FOR FINAL REVIEW

 

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR

 

U.S. DOT GIVES $20.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO STATES FOR HAZMAT EMERGENCY TRAINING

 

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PMAA PARTNER SPOTLIGHT FEATURING: INTEGRATED FINANCIAL

 

PMAA MEMBER SERVICES SPOTLIGHT FEATURING: ELECTRIC CHECKS

 

 
 

 
 

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EPA SENDS 2014 RFS STANDARD TO WHITE HOUSE FOR FINAL REVIEW

The U.S. EPA sent its final 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) over to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review this week. The RFS is important to petroleum marketers because it establishes annual volume obligations for ethanol and biofuel that refiners must blend into gasoline and diesel fuel under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Annual increases in renewable fuel mandates will eventually create a blend wall where E-10 blends alone will no longer satisfy volume obligations and force refiners to produce mid-level ethanol blends that are not certified for use in most existing UST systems. The good news for marketers is that the EPA’s proposed 15.21 billion gallon ethanol volume obligation for 2014 is less than the 18.6 billion gallons statutorily mandated under EISA and lower than the 16.55 billion gallons mandated by the agency’s 2013 RFS standard.

Additionally, the OMB is not expected to increase the proposed 2014 volume obligation for ethanol in any significant way during the review process. Experts predict OMB will bump up the ethanol volume obligation from the proposed 15.21 billion gallons to around 16.2 billion gallons, a mandate that is still lower than the 16.55 billion gallons required under the 2013 standard. OMB review is expected to take between 30-60 days after which the final 2014 standards will be issued  

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR

Companies who supply fuel and store hazardous materials are especially important when it comes to emergency preparedness. Petroleum marketers should consider participating in an upcoming virtual roundtable hosted by FEMA and the Office of Infrastructure Protection regarding the release of the National Protection Framework and Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOP) as well as the National Infrastructure Preparedness Plan (NIPP). These webinars will provide an overview on how to develop and implement protection plans under the guidance of the National Protection Framework and the NIPP 2013.

The National Protection Framework describes what the whole community should do to safeguard against acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other threats or hazards. The Protection Framework also describes the core capabilities; roles and responsibilities; and coordinating structures that facilitate the protection of individuals, communities, and the Nation. This Framework is focused on actions to protect against the greatest risks in a manner that allows American interests, aspirations, and way of life to thrive.

The National Protection Framework is accessible here.

Each one-hour event will provide an overview of the Protection Framework, the NIPP and how to apply these concepts in your community.

The webinars are scheduled:
Tuesday September 2, 11:00 am to noon EDT (click here to participate).
Wednesday, September 3 noon to 1:00 EDT (click here to participate).
Dial in is the same for both calls: 800-369-1725, pin: 5116985.

Questions about the virtual roundtable can be submitted via e-mail here.

This effort is a part of the National Preparedness System, a process that organizes the tools and resources needed to move toward the National Preparedness Goal. For more information on national preparedness efforts, visit: http://www.fema.gov/national-preparedness

U.S. DOT GIVES $20.2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO STATES FOR HAZMAT EMERGENCY TRAINING

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced grants totaling $20.2 million to states, territories and Native American tribes this year for HAZMAT emergency planning and training. The grants are made under the Hazardous Materials and Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program which is funded by annual HAZMAT registration fees paid levied on hazardous material transporters, including petroleum marketers who operatecargo tank vehicles.

For this grant cycle, state HMEP grant recipients were encouraged to allocate funding towards activities such as:
  • Developing or revising emergency plans to account for bulk rail shipments of crude oil;
  • Growing commodity flow studies to determine the frequency and quantity of crude oil and other hazardous materials shipments transported through their local communities; and
  • Training emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving bulk shipments of crude oil.
    The following table lists the amount each state received from the HMEP program for fiscal year 2014:

 FY 2014 HMEP State Grants

 

State

Grant Award

State

Grant Award

  1. Alabama

$376,629.54

  1. Montana

$160,454.76

  1. Alaska

$94,525.20

  1. Nebraska

$278,354.58

  1. Arizona

$297,316.35

  1. Nevada

$176,293.59

  1. Arkansas

$231,314.00

  1. New Hampshire

$135,718.62

  1. California

$1,737,421.35

  1. New Jersey

$467,054.37

  1. Colorado

$281,294.32

  1. New Mexico

$225,189.27

  1. Connecticut

$204,629.76

  1. New York

$779,897.07

  1. Delaware

$109,773.00

  1. North Carolina

$543,610.10

  1. Florida

$808,362.51

  1. North Dakota

$191,512.11

  1. Georgia

$513,319.08

  1. Ohio

$878,065.08

  1. Hawaii

$104,814.72

  1. Oklahoma

$283,840.65

  1. Idaho

$152,293.09

  1. Oregon

$257,712.30

  1. Illinois

$1,070,374.20

  1. Pennsylvania

$673,297.68

  1. Indiana

$499,172.85

  1. Rhode Island

$108,806.28

  1. Iowa

$314,677.59

  1. South Carolina

$296,300.79

  1. Kansas

$368,982.15

  1. South Dakota

$170,832.63

  1. Kentucky

$276,024.93

  1. Tennessee

$407,399.52

  1. Louisiana

$308,784.18

  1. Texas

$1,220,523.63

  1. Maine

$136,380.78

  1. Utah

$218,387.25

  1. Maryland

$285,440.25

  1. Vermont

$94,096.47

  1. Massachusetts

$326,980.56

  1. Virginia

$396,345.54

  1. Michigan

$528,764.52

  1. Washington

$325,748.31

  1. Minnesota

$425,642.40

  1. West Virginia

$199,139.97

  1. Mississippi

$263,498.00

  1. Wisconsin

$417,331.92

  1. Missouri

$432,428.61

  1. Wyoming

$ 114,912.66

Total for States: $19,169,669.09

(HMEP) Territory Grants

Territory

Grant Award

  1. American Samoa

$62,471.82

  1. Guam

$64,806.12

  1. N. Mariana Island

$62,948.91

  1. Puerto Rico

$165,085.23

  1. Virgin Islands

$63,386.94

Total for Territories: $418,699.02

(HMEP) Native American Indian Tribal Grants

Tribe

Grant Award

  1. Inter Tribal Council of AZ

$196,067.00

  1. Nez Perce

$19,972.89

  1. Seminole Tribe of Florida

$144,605.00

  1. St. Regis

$41,991.00

  1. Pueblo of Laguna

$79,264.00

  1. Paiute Shoshone Tribe

$62,000.00

  1. San Manuel

$98,132.00

Total for Tribes: $642,031.89

TOTAL FY 2014 HMEP GRANTS: $20,230,400


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Attend our FREE webinar on September 9th to learn tips for saving money on card acceptance. Your presenter will be Justin Roman, Worldpay Vice President and payment acceptance guru.

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  • And more.

Click here to register for our webinar session on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 2-3pm EST. Merchants MUST register.

Should you have any additional questions on this or any other petroleum solutions, please contact PMAA Customer Service at 877.862.9195 or PMAA’ s WorldPay Executive Client Manager, Glenda Preen at 972.325.1801. 

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Asset Protection: Asset Titling

Even if wills and revocable living trusts are drafted to maximize estate savings, titling and beneficiary designations of property may prevent the documents from operating as intended, and, assets may not pass to the intended beneficiaries if not titled properly.

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