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Shell Reaches Deal to Reduce Pollution at Houston Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S.

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Zarco 66 First To Offer E15 Fuel

Zarco 66 is first U.S. gas station to deliver E15 ethanol fuel to consumers, reducing dependence on gasoline and imported oil. American drivers can now choose to use E15 fuel at the Lawrence, Kan., Zarco 66 gas station. The Zarco 66 is the first U.S. retailer to offer E15 fuel, which is 15% ethanol and

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What Do Your Floors Say About Your Store?

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By Michael Schaffer, Contributing Editor If there is anything retailers and convenience store owners have learned from the economic downturn, it’s that they must do everything they can to welcome their customers and keep them loyal. And it can all

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Obama Administration Grants Final Approval For Sale Of E15

“The public has a right to choose between imported oil and home-grown energy and today’s action by the EPA advances that goal,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Obama administration has given final approval for the sale of E15 ethanol blends under the waiver conditions set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Southwest Farm Press reported. 

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Gas Stations Settle In Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Washington, D.C.-area gas stations face violation fines with the EPA. Six D.C.-area gas stations have settled in a case alleging that they violated Clean Air Act regulations. Samad Corporation with CITGO, two Anacostia Realty with Exxon, Shirlington Petroleum Realty with Exxon and Springfield Petroleum Realty with Shell were all involved with the case. The Clean

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PMAA Endorses Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012

Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 passes House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. On Tuesday, April 17, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved a bill along party lines known as the “Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012,” which would delay EPA’s 2008 ozone requirements and it’s new Tier 3

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Renewable Fuels Hearing Set For This Week

House Subcommittee to hold hearing on renewable fuels liability bill. This Thursday, Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on the “Domestic Fuels Act of 2012” (H.R. 4345), which would provide a legal and regulatory pathway for retailers to sell EPA-approved fuels including E15. Witnesses

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Hoshizaki America Recognized With 2012 Energy Star Award

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion winner for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products. Hoshizaki

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High Octane Fuels To Power Cars to New Mileage

Auto-engineering firm Ricardo Inc. reports that three out of every four vehicles will require a gasoline-type, higher octane fuel to operate a growing list of engine technology options. Automakers will need higher octane fuels to meet the coming increases in fuel economy and reductions in emissions called for by 2025, according to a new study

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The Impact of Alternative Fuels

The political momentum to bring renewable energy products to the pumps is strong and growing. But with all the added costs to rebuild the nation’s petroleum infrastructure, is it worth it? By John Lofstock, Editor. Preparing for the future is a complex issue retailers should always be pondering. But in the fuel business this question

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Congress Urges EPA to Consider Costly Gas Proposal

A proposed rule to reduce sulfur and other chemicals in gasoline, could reduce U.S. gasoline supplies. Last week, a bipartisan group of almost 70 lawmakers sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to weigh the costs and benefits of a costly proposed rule to reduce sulfur and other

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Congress Turns Off Spotlight On Lighting Efficiency Standards

As the House and Senate strive to reach a spending deal before a pending government shutdown, the fate of incandescent light bulbs hangs in the balance. Just a few years after Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi celebrated a new law that would ban the incandescent light bulb, both democrats and republicans have decided

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Manitowoc Foodservice Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

“Manitowoc Foodservice is producing and promoting energy-efficient ENERGY STAR products that help American consumers join in the effort to increase our nation’s energy efficiency,” says EPA Spokesperson. For the second consecutive year, the (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by

Georgia-Pacific Revamps Web Site

Georgia-Pacific Professional has launched an updated environmental section of its Web site that outlines the company’s sustainability initiatives. The site, http://www.gppro.com/sustainability, highlights the company’s Green by Design platform, a designation for products that are environmentally and socially responsible as well as economically sound. The refreshed site makes it easy to learn facts about the sustainable

SUPERVALU Aims To Reduce Emissions

SUPERVALU INC., through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plans to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10% by the end of 2012 with a baseline year of 2007. SUPERVALU’s initiative is comparable in scope to eliminating the electricity use of more than 352,000 average U.S. homes for one year. This partnership makes

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

BP Pledges Transparency Regarding Spill

BP has reiterated its promise to be open and transparent in its response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced in a press release. BP confirmed its continuing commitment to co-operate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in facilitating access by the US

Economists Offer 2010 Outlook

Economists presented both sides of the picture to retailers at the NACS State of the Industry Summit in Chicago this week. The 2010 NACS State of the Industry Summit marked the 40th anniversary of the State of the Industry survey conducted by NACS. When the survey began, industry sales were recorded at just over  $1

NACS Spends $770K Lobbying For Industry

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) had a busy fourth quarter in 2009, lobbying the federal government on fuel issues and other business that affects c-stores. The association spent $770,000 in both the third and fourth quarter to fight for the interests of the industry, Business Week reported. The amount spent lobbying in the

NACS Asks EPA To Remove Stage II Requirement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations to tighten the standards controlling ozone emissions into the atmosphere could push a number of countries out of alignment with ozone standards and have strong implications for petroleum retailers, NACS reported. As it stands now, retailers in severe non-attainment designations would be required to install stationary Stage

EPA Names Manitowoc Foodservice 2010 Energy Partner Of The Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March

Can Packaging Boost Sales?

The Anti-Styrofoam Brigade C-store retailers beware. If the current political and regulatory trends continue, you may have to find an alternative packaging that doesn’t contain Styrofoam, and fast. Because non-biodegradable garbage threatens more and more marine and coastal ecosystems as it continues to accumulate in the world’s oceans, California legislators have introduced a bill that

Cooler Control

Operators looking for greater energy efficiency should cast an eye on their coolers, where centralized controls, lighting adjustments, basic ongoing maintenance and employee training can save them money. “Coolers are typically an opportunity for improvements in maintenance and operational practices,” said Jerry Lawson, national manager for Energy Star Small Business and Congregations Network, a division

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