From: WPMA
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: WPMA Weekly Update - Friday, August 8, 2014
Date: Fri Aug 08 17:20:37 MDT 2014


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At the June 13, 2014 WPMA Board Meeting, the Board of Directors voted to revise the WPMA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The Articles revisions will clean up some grammatical issues and clarify the different classes of Membership. The Bylaws revisions will clean up grammatical issues, change the title of the Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, define committees, add Section 12 (Operational Agreements between WPMA and the state associations), and revise the amendment process requiring 2/3 vote of the entire membership, to requiring 2/3 vote of the WPMA Board of Directors. 
Each member has been sent an email with instruction on where and how to vote.  If you have not received this email please contact the WPMA offices.  (Associate members are not voting members of WPMA.) 


This week, Congress officially started its August recess which serves as a great chance to meet with your lawmakers while they are back home. On Monday, September 8th, when Congress returns both chambers will likely be in session for a few weeks before they break again for the 2014 elections. A government funding measure is possibly the only bill that will move forward before the mid-term elections. While appropriators have said they want to develop an omnibus package to close out fiscal year 2015, it is more likely that a Continuing Resolution (CR) will develop which would fund the government through December 2014. This will force a lame duck session which will allow Congress to address other measures including tax extenders legislation. The Senate Finance Committee's tax extenders package includes the $1 per-gallon biodiesel blender's tax credit and applies retroactively to January 1, 2014. PMAA continues to support the biodiesel blender's tax credit.    



Due to the U.S. oil export ban and the shale oil boom, Gulf Coast crude oil supply has hit record levels which have caused the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil contract to plunge to a six month low. Gulf coast refineries have been able to take advantage of the cheaper WTI prices and are processing crude at record levels and sending refined products overseas given their European counterparts are having to buy higher priced Brent crude oil. Oil companies have either booked or plan to book several medium range tankers to ship cheaper Gulf Coast refined products to Europe. In July, refineries in the Gulf of Mexico processed 8.62 million barrels a day, the highest since the Department of Energy started collecting data in 1992.

The Gulf Coast oil supply glut has also renewed an interest in reforming the Jones Act to allow cheaper and more abundant foreign tankers to ship America's light sweet crude oil to Mid-Atlantic refineries and refined products to states such as Florida which is experiencing supply shortages. PMAA supports efforts to reform the Jones Act to alleviate the Gulf Coast supply glut which will bring cheaper motor fuels and heating oil prices to consumers.



Under section 109(d) of the Clean Air Act, EPA is required to seek guidance from its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee on any "adverse public health, welfare, social, economic, or energy effects" that arise from efforts to revise air quality standards. EPA did not do this when its' federal environmental advisory committee concluded late June in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the EPA should consider lowering the current 75 ppb ozone national ambient air quality standard to 60-70 ppb. The report even went further to suggest a 60 to 65 ppb range would be best, stating that a standard of 70 ppb would offer only a "limited margin of safety" for human health.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent a letter to EPA seeking a response by early August as to how EPA plans the further economic review that is required by law. The letter urges the EPA to allow its independent expert advisors to conduct a full evaluation of the adverse effects of the agency's upcoming proposal to tighten ozone standards. By the EPA's own estimates, the new ozone regulations are expected to cost taxpayers up to $90 billion per year, making them the most costly regulations ever proposed.

Established in 1977, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) provides advice to the EPA Administrator on the technical bases for EPA's national ambient air quality standards. EPA is under court order to issue a proposed rule to either revise or retain the current standard by December 1, 2014 and EPA will consider the Committee's recommendations in making that determination. However, the EPA is not bound to the Committee's recommendation.

EPA's potential ozone proposed rule is estimated to cost more than EPA predicts, upwards of one trillion dollars per year from 2020-2030, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Lowering of the standard would force more counties into non-attainment, and, therefore, requiring RFG and lower RVP gasoline which would increase the cost of motor fuels. PMAA believes the economic consequences from a new ozone standard will be severe and must be considered. Current standards are working and the value of moving towards a lower ozone standard is not backed by scientific evidence. An overly stringent ozone standard will create bottlenecks and chaos in the gasoline marketplace.   



Plan now to attend the 2015 WPMA Convention and Convenience Store Expo. It will be held at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars for February 17-19, 2015.



August 19-20, 2014 - NMPMA Convention - Marriott Pyramid North - Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 25, 2014 - HPMA Golf Tournament - Oahu Country Club Course - Oahu, Hawaii 

September 10-12, 2014 - UPMRA Convention - Park City Marriott - Park City, Utah

August 5 - 7, 2015 - Idaho (IPM&CSA) Convention - Sun Valley Lodge - Sun Valley, Idaho

August 3 - 5, 2016 - Idaho (IPM&CSA) Convention - Coeur d'Alene Resort - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


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