September 5, 2019
ILTA in late August commented to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on North Dakota’s and Montana’s request for a preemption determination on the July 2019 Washington State law Crude Oil by Rail – Vapor Pressure.
ILTA, along with a dozen other trade associations, urged committee leaders in the House and Senate to exercise caution when addressing the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in August ruled against the Obama administration's heavily litigated Clean Water Rule, known as the Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS rule. The court said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of the federal statute was over broad and went beyond its delegated authority to define “Waters of the United States.” The Court also ruled that EPA violated the Administrative Procedures Act.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of waivers granted to refiners from the national ethanol standard in the Trump administration. EPA recently announced that 31 unidentified refineries had been granted hardship waivers to the annual renewable fuel standard, which requires fuel companies to blend certain amounts of ethanol and other biofuels into their traditional gasoline and diesel.
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on August 23 ruled in favor of Obama administration ground-level ozone thresholds. The rules set the highest acceptable level under the Clean Air Act at 70 parts per billion.
ILTA is pleased to welcome Verhoef Access Technologies of Aalsmeerderbrug in The Netherlands as a new supplier member. Verhoef designs, manufactures and maintains ship-to-shore gangway systems.
Tidewater Transportation and Terminals opened a new onsite ethanol unloading and storage facility in its terminal in Pasco, WA, August 27, as part of the company’s ongoing effort to build and grow its services and storage capacities along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The facility includes an ethanol unit train railcar unloading rack with 24 new unloading stations and associated rail spurs. The company also built two 65,000-barrel steel tanks to provide reliable operating storage when an ethanol unit train arrives. Each tank has a floating roof which results in a networking capacity of 54,000 barrels.
Federal Register Notices
In the coming weeks, ILTA will send to its terminal members an advocacy survey, asking what topics matter most to you. By answering this short survey, you can help shape ILTA’s advocacy efforts in 2020. We hope you take a few moments to let us know your thoughts!
IdeaScale, the crowd-sourcing tool ILTA is using to help develop the conference program for our 40th annual conference and trade show June 8-10 in Houston, is open and ready for your ideas. We’ve already gotten some wonderful ideas, including: expanding pre- and post-conference professional development; discussing corrosion and pitting of storage tank bottoms; ways to improve the image of liquid terminals; inventory control ideas; discussing ways to deal with an aging workforce; and training in the 21st century. Let us know what you think of these ideas and others, and add your own!
Terminal members: There’s still time to attend the Fall Committee Meetings in San Antonio, September 10-12! Take a moment today to register for the meetings. We have a great program planned, as well as some additional activities, including a charity project and tequila tasting.