Ask Your Representative to Oppose Bill Banning Flavored Tobacco Products
The House is expected to soon consider the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 (H.R. 2339), legislation that would ban all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, flavored smokeless tobacco, and flavored cigars.
If you have not already done so, please contact your Representative TODAY by clicking on the link below and ask them to oppose H.R. 2339. Thank you for your support on this critical issue.
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DOT Issues Compliance Notice for CBD
On February 18th, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy issued a compliance notice for cannabidiol (CBD) products. In issuing the notice, DOT said it has received inquiries regarding whether “Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees” may use CBD products. In the notice, DOT warns that since CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, CBD product labels can inaccurately state the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the products. In turn, safety-sensitive drivers may fail a test for marijuana even if they only use CBD products. The notice also states that safety-sensitive employees regulated by DOT “should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products.”
It is worth noting that, according to DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), all drivers are safety-sensitive employees. The FMCSA defines a safety-sensitive function as “…all time from the time a driver begins to work or is required to be in readiness to work until the time he/she is relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work.”
FMCSA clarifies its definition by listing the following safety-sensitive functions:
- Awaiting dispatch at an employer, plant, facility, plant, or basically any property;
- Inspecting, servicing, or conditioning any commercial motor vehicle;
- Driving a “commercial motor vehicle in operation;”
- Riding in a commercial motor vehicle in operation, unless sleeping in a sleeper berth;
- Unloading or supervising the unloading of a commercial motor vehicle;
- Repairing, awaiting assistance, or waiting for repairs to be made to a disabled vehicle; or
- Any time a driver touches any step in the driving and distribution process.
Click Here for Additional Information on Federal Regulation of CBD Products
Additional States Join Ozone Lawsuit
A new lawsuit filed on February 19th by five states and New York City over EPA’s failure to act – despite a court mandate – on the problem of air pollution from upwind states that is preventing downwind states from achieving compliance with federal Clean Air Act (CAA) standards. The new lawsuit expands on and replaces a suit filed in January by New York and Connecticut. The new suit now also includes New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York City.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the new suit asks the court to declare EPA in violation of the CAA for not acting on the upwind pollution problem affecting downwind states and to order the agency to propose and adopt completed federal plans for doing so by specific dates.
At issue is upwind pollution migrating into downwind states in the Northeast from seven upwind states, which is preventing the downwind states from attaining and/or maintaining the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The upwind states are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
In October 2019, the federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated an existing EPA remedy to the upwind pollution problem on grounds that it was inadequate and invalid, and held that EPA was essentially in breach of its duty to hold upwind polluter states accountable. In November 2019, the court ordered EPA to develop and implement a remedy under the “Good Neighbor Provision” of the CAA. Despite that mandate, the suit alleges that EPA has failed to take any action by releasing updated federal implementation plans as required.
The matter is of particular urgency, the suit asserts, because this summer is the last opportunity for the downwind states to demonstrate compliance with the ozone standards before a July 2021 statutory attainment deadline.
Environmental Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Over Navigable Waters Protections Rule
On February 18th, several environmental groups filed a Notice of Intent to Sue EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over the agencies’ Navigable Waters Protection rule. The groups argue that in developing the rule, EPA failed to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service on how the rule would affect endangered species. The new rule replaced the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. rule and significantly decreased the number of watersheds and rivers that are eligible for protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
In their Notice, the groups state “Stripping these waterways of CWA protections will result in individual waterways – including endangered and threatened species’ habitats…[EPA] must vacate its action finalizing the rule and immediately initiate consultation” on the effects on endangered species.
The groups may formally sue EPA and the Corps 60 days from the date of filing their Notice of Intent.
On February 18th, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in Alabama in response to flooding. The declaration waives Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Hours of Service (HOS) restrictions on commercial drivers that are involved in the “provision of emergency-or disaster-related materials, supplies, goods, and services.”
The waiver is in effect for 30 days, until March 18, 2020.
SIGMA’s Fuel Foundation Scholarship Applications are Now Open!
Pay it Forward Scholarships
SIGMA’s Fuel Foundation Pay it Forward Scholarship application is now open!
Who is Eligible?
- SIGMA Members’ adult or student employees, spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of current employees.
- High School Seniors who have been accepted to college or trade school for the Fall of 2020 with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Students currently enrolled in a Trade School, Undergraduate, Graduate or PhD program with a cumulative 2.5 College GPA, AND a minimum of one full-time quarter/semester completed.
- Individuals who have completed significant volunteer work in your community or school such as public service, community outreach, coaching, event volunteering, etc. (Supporting documentation required.)
Pay it Forward Scholarship recipients are selected based on volunteer activities and academic record.
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Carl Boyett Industry Scholarships
Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded this year. The deadline for 2020 entries was June 29, 2020. Scholarships will be announced, and recipients notified, by August 3, 2020.
Who Can Apply?
SIGMA Marketer Members’ employees who are actively pursuing or plan to pursue a degree, program, or specific training that will help advance or expand their career within their fuels industry company. Scholarship funds awarded must be used within 9 months of official notification.
Carl Boyett Industry Scholarship applications must include the following:
- An essay from applicants (no more than 1500 words) about your industry interests and goals. Please include answers to the following questions:
- Why are you passionate about the fuels industry?
- What education will you invest in and why?
- Two letters of reference from industry professionals endorsing your work ethic and potential.
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Federated Insurance Offers Complimentary Risk Management Webinar
Federated Insurance is offering complimentary risk management training for petroleum marketers on April 21-23, 2020. Through this valuable session, you will discover methods you can use immediately to help protect profits by reducing risk at your business.
Companies that are the most successful at controlling losses and protecting profits have integrated risk management into their overall company culture. Many have designated a key person as their risk manager. This person is supported by your company’s top management and is both responsible and accountable for identifying loss exposures and implementing risk management solutions.
This seminar’s objective is to help your risk manager learn the exposures specific to the petroleum industry, connect with peers from across the country and apply these best practices within your business.
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Make Plans Now to Join SIGMA at the Hotel del Coronado for the 2020 Spring Conference!
It is not too early to make your plans to join SIGMA April 28-30 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California for the 2020 Spring Conference! Register today before rates go up and the hotel sells out!
Once you pay for your registration you will receive a confirmation email from SIGMA with a link to book your room at the hotel.
Click HERE for conference information and to register.