August 29, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 17
Dear PEI Member:
Bipartisan groups of senators and representatives have sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concerns about the compliance costs of EPA's proposed underground storage tank (UST) rule.
Eleven senators, led by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter dated July 23 to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel to analyze the effect of the regulation on small businesses prior to finalizing the rule.
A July 24 House letter, spearheaded by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) and signed by 56 other representatives went further, asking McCarthy to withdraw the proposed rule and convene a SBAR panel to examine the "significant economic impact" the regulation would have on small business.
EPA offered the proposed UST rule in November 2011. EPA's Office
of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) told us earlier this month that a final
rule is not expected until the second quarter of 2014. We are not certain if
and how the letters will affect the timing and substance of the final rule.
The National Tanks Conference will be held September 16-18 in Denver. We
will talk to EPA at that meeting and see what we can find out.
Earlier this month, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote a letter asking that the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate large oil companies that may have blocked sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) at retail stations operated by their franchise holders. Grassley is the top Republican on the Senate's Judiciary Committee while Klobuchar chairs the panel's antitrust committee.
The FTC said last week that it is looking into the matter. It did not indicate it was opening a formal investigation. The Justice Department has not responded to the lawmakers' request, according to Mr. Grassley's staff.
TWO AMENDMENTS TO PEI'S CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS SOUGHT
The second change would increase from 9 to 10 the number of votes it takes to expel a member from association membership. When the board was enlarged several years ago, the association neglected to increase the number of votes it took to expel a member. By making this change, PEI would once again require a simple majority (10 of 18) of directors to cast votes to expel a member.
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