Notice of Bio-diesel Waiver - NuStar Terminal Roseville, MN
Under the authority granted in Minn Stat §239.80 Subd. (b), a waiver will be granted to NuStar Terminal (Roseville) customers effective 1:29 PM August 14 through 1:29 PM August 24, or until biodiesel is restored to loading from the rack, whichever comes first.
Customers of NuStar Terminal in Roseville, MN will be exempted from the biodiesel requirement on diesel loads pulled only from the Roseville NuStar terminal during this time period. Diesel loads pulled from any other location must have the minimum amount of biodiesel required under Minn Stat §239.77.
The Nustar Terminal located in Roseville, Minnesota notified the Department of Commerce Division of Weights and Measures, that as of 1:29 PM Friday, August 14, the terminal will not have biodiesel available for loading at the rack.
FROM: Lyle Beckwith; National Association of Convenience Stores August 25, 2015
Retailers Should Be Aware of Scammers Offering Assistance with SNAP Applications
USDA reports recent incidents of retailers falling victim to scam by third party offering to expedite their SNAP applications.
Late last week, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued an alert regarding recent reports from retailers of a scam taking advantage of SNAP retailer-applicants. According to the notice from USDA, since the week of August 10, FNS has received at least a half-dozen complaints from SNAP retailer-applicants.
In the documented complaints, the retailer was in the process of, or had just submitted their SNAP application, and was subsequently contacted by a so-called Third Party Processor (TPP)/Independent Sales Organization (ISO) offering to assist them in expediting the SNAP-authorization process, for a fee (typically $299). In these instances, the retailers provided the self-described TPP/ISO with bank information and the funds were withdrawn, yet the retailer received no further follow-up or information from the company.
Please note: SNAP does not charge a fee for processing your retailer application, nor does any outside entity have the ability to expedite your application. Any request for information about you or your business will come via an official letter from USDA after the SNAP retailer application has been filed. Under no circumstance should a retailer provide personal information or credit card information over the phone to unsolicited callers. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, please visit www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/ for more information on identity theft.
The USDA FNS is continuing to review this issue and has posted an alert about this concern on their website. Retailers are urged to contact the SNAP Retailer Service Center at (877) 823-4369 if they are uncertain about any request regarding the SNAP retailer application.
Minnesota's MINIMUM WAGE
Minnesota's minimum-wage increases August 1, 2015…
Minnesota's minimum-wage rates rise up to $9 an hour beginning August 1, 2015. In 2016, the new law will move wage rate to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions…
FMCSA Commences Annual Motor Carriers' Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey
FMCSA Commences Annual Motor Carriers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in accordance with 49 CFR § 382.403, has commenced notifying selected truck and bus companies to submit their annual DOT drug and alcohol testing program results to FMCSA.
The notification is being sent to randomly selected motor carriers via electronic mail. Those selected are responsible for ensuring the completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of their data submission. Instructions on how to respond and qualifying exemptions are included in the notification.
The selected motor carriers must submit their calendar year 2014 results by May 15, 2015.
We have had a few calls to the Association office regarding the sale of B-10 in Minnesota. On April 30, 2014 Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that modified the biodiesel mandate chapter 239.77. The following should help you understand the changes and what actions you will need to take to sell biodiesel at retail…
• On April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, considered warm months, the biodiesel content must be at least 10% biodiesel fuel by volume going forward.
• During the cold weather months, October 1 through March 31, the biodiesel mandate reverts back to at least 5% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• On April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 the biodiesel mandate moves to 20% biodiesel fuel by volume.
• #2 Biodiesel Exemptions include…
• Motors located at an electric generating plant regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
• Railroad locomotives.
• Off-road taconite and copper mining equipment and machinery.
• Off-road logging equipment and machinery.
• Vessels of the United States Coast Guard and vessels subject to inspection under United States Code, title 46, section 3301.
• Generators tested and validated by an entity that designs and manufactures the generators for use in jurisdictions where biodiesel use is not required.
• The exemptions listed above do not have a sunset date.
• Number 1 diesel fuel is exempt year round until May 21, 2020.
• The Federal Trade Commission sticker (see below) is required at the point-of-sale on all retail diesel fuel pumps.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a Vital Signs report focused on truck driver safety. This is a critical public health issue because motor vehicle crashes are by far the leading cause of on-the-job deaths for truck drivers in the United States, and truck crashes affect others with whom truckers share the road. In 2012, an estimated 317,000 motor vehicle crashes involving a large truck were reported to police. During the same year, crashes of large trucks and buses cost the U.S. economy about $99 billion.
Though the CDC is using 2012 data in its report the facts have not changed in 2015, if you where your seat belt you can save your life.
Key points in the report include:
• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for truck and bus drivers: In 2012, 65% of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers were due to a motor vehicle crash. Approximately 700 truck drivers or their passengers died in crashes and 26,000 truck drivers or their passengers were injured.
• Wearing a seat belt matters: More than 1 in 3 truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt. Buckling up could have prevented up to 40% of these deaths. Using a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent crash injuries and deaths, yet 1 in 6 truck drivers doesn’t use a seat belt.
• Employers play a pivotal role in trucker safety: Employers can help prevent truck crashes, injuries, and deaths by establishing driver safety programs that include a requirement that everyone in the truck buckle up, as well as policies to reduce crash risks such as drowsy and distracted driving.
CDC MMWR REPORT FACT SHEET - TRUCK SAFETY CDC PRESS RELEASE
DOT Medical Professionals
More Than 30,000 Medical Professionals Now Listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification. All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test. The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing. To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.