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PMAA's Weekly Review - August 15, 2014  [WR-14-32]

 

 

In This Issue:
 

UPDATE ON 2014 RFS BLENDING VOLUMES PROPOSED RULE

 

STORE LEVEL SNAP SALES SOUGHT

 

COURT UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA ETHANOL BLENDING LAW

 

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UPDATE ON 2014 RFS BLENDING VOLUMES PROPOSED RULE

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to receive EPA’s 2014 RFS blending volumes proposed rule in the next month which marks the last major regulatory hurdle before the proposed rule becomes final.  Last December, EPA released the 2014 RFS blending volumes proposed rule.  The corn-based ethanol blending volume was proposed to be 13.01 billion gallons while biodiesel was proposed at 1.28 billion gallons.  While the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires 14.4 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended, EPA has the authority to lower the requirements to avoid harm to the economy

STORE LEVEL SNAP SALES SOUGHT

The USDA is seeking public comments regarding aggregated SNAP sales at the individual store level and whether they should be treated as “Confidential Business Information.”  A recent court decision held that the USDA’s historic practice of maintaining the confidentiality of a retail store’s SNAP sales is not limited to administering and enforcing the program.  Several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have been submitted to obtain SNAP sales data at the individual store level; however, FOIA includes a provision that federal agencies are not required to release information to the public if it is “Confidential Business Information.”  Last week, USDA issued a “request for information” (RFI) asking for public comment on whether individual store level SNAP sales should be released in response to the FOIA requests.  PMAA plans to submit comments reasoning that individual store level SNAP sales should be treated as “Confidential Business Information,” and therefore, should not be released to the public.  

COURT UPHOLDS NORTH CAROLINA ETHANOL BLENDING LAW

The North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association (NCPCM) is reporting the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in New Bern has upheld the North Carolina law designed to expand ethanol blending opportunities for marketers.

The North Carolina law was challenged by the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (now AFPM, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers). PMAA will publish more information on the ruling when it becomes available.
  

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